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Buzzer beater sinks Tigers

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Spencer's Michael Gabhart drives to the basket through traffic during Tuesday night's game at Storm Lake. The Tigers lost on a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Nic Seaman, 51-48.
(Photos by Trent Johnson)
Boys fall at Storm Lake on 3-pointer, 51-48

You can't draw up a "Parents Night" for a senior much better than Nic Seaman did Tuesday night.

Seaman caught an in-bounds pass in the corner and nailed a fadeaway 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat Spencer, 51-48, handing the Tigers their second-straight loss.

Storm Lake's Nic Seaman celebrates after winning the game with a 3-pointer in the corner as time expired Tuesday night in Storm Lake.
Storm Lake jumped out early on the Tigers, 11-0, before Spencer gathered itself and gained the lead early in the second quarter, leading 26-24 at half. They continued to lead much of the second half until the mid-point of the fourth quarter when the Tiger offense stalled. Storm Lake outscored Spencer 17-6 in the final period Tuesday.

The Tornadoes took their first lead of the second half with three minutes to go on a Seaman 3-pointer, making the game 46-44. Nigel Nielsen answered immediately with a three of his own to put Spencer back on top, 47-46, but would only get a free throw the rest of the way.

The game was scoreless over the final two minutes with both teams trading turnovers, including Spencer's Matthew Klemme losing the ball with 13 seconds left. The turnover set up Storm Lake, who in-bounded the ball with 3.4 seconds left to Seaman, who rolled off a screen, in the corner and hit nothing but net with two Tigers contesting the shot as the horn sounded.

With the win, Storm Lake (8-8, 6-6) matches its longest win-streak of the season at three, including the two previous wins in overtime. Spencer falls to 11-6 overall (8-4 in the conference) and is now 4-5 after the holiday break.

Matt Finnern led the Tigers with 17 points and Matthew Klemme added 14. Nigel Nielsen and Michael Gabhart each had six. Ethan Kenkel and Seaman both scored 15 to lead Storm Lake.

Spencer will host No. 2 Western Christian (16-1) Friday night at the Field House. Western won the first match-up, 72-62, on Jan. 4. Western's only loss this season is to Sioux City North on the road, 70-68.

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