The Spearville Lancers boys basketball team suppressed a quick, third-quarter Bucklin rally Friday night, eventually beating the Red Aces 60-36.
Junior Carson Rich has a game-high 17 points, and freshmen Kolten Bennett and Joshua Cox each had 12 for the Lancers. For the Red Aces, sophomore Joshua Stout had a team-high 8, and freshman Scott Price had 7.
Spearville head coach Chris Sohm said the Lancers did a real good job coming out in the first quarter and let Bucklin back into it a little in the second. The Red Aces did a much better job than he did at halftime than he did, he said.
Bucklin came out in the third quarter on a 6-0 run, but Sohm said afterward he refused to take a timeout there despite Bucklin’s strong start to the half.
“I told our guys I wasn’t going to call a timeout, because our guys were going to do one of two things: We were going to fold up and it was going to be a back-and-forth ball game all night, or we were going to respond, thankfully, the way we did,” Sohm said. “So I kept the timeout in my pocket and it was good to see our youngsters battle through some adversity and just get a W in front of the Homecoming crowd.”
“We never should have put ourselves in that situation to begin with,” Bucklin head coach Derek Bevan said of the need for the run in the third. “We just came out a little flat. They were ready to go, we weren’t. They were a little more physical than us to start out.
After gathering the team at halftime, Bevan said they came out and we picked up their intensity.
After the Red Aces cut the Lancers’ lead to 2 points at 26-24, the Lancers went on a 16-2 run to end the third quarter and take a 42-26 lead into the fourth.
Bucklin never seriously challenged Spearville again in Friday’s game.
“They just all-in-all kind of outworked us tonight and that’s my biggest takeaway (and) disappointment from it,” Bevan said. “That’s one thing we always try and do, is make sure we don’t get outworked. That’s one thing we can always control, is how hard we go and we got a little outworked tonight, and so that’s what kind of result we get when that happens.”
This year, due to injuries and lots of youth, the Lancers are simply not where they have been in recent memory.
“I’ve been so spoiled down here the last four or five years with the talent and the young men I’ve coached, and this year we’re just in a different spot,” Sohm said. “With Kolby Stein being hurt, we’re playing a lot of youth, a lot of inexperience, we’re asking more of some role-players. So any time you get a W, I’m never going to take any of them for granted. It feels really good right now.”
Spearville: The Lancers basketball teams close out their pre-SPIAA League Tournament schedule with road games Tuesday at Satanta.
Bucklin: The Red Aces basketball teams close out their pre-SPIAA League Tournament schedule with road games Tuesday at Fowler.