(Photos by Trent Johnson)
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.
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.