For two quarters Friday, the Tuck Lang Show was on inside United Wireless Arena, and the Spearville Lancers boys basketball team couldn’t figure out how to turn down the volume.
Minneola junior Tuck Lang had 15 points in the first half of Friday’s SPIAA League Consolation Game between the Wildcats and Spearville Lancers. He individually recorded more than the 7 points the Lancers had as a team after two quarters.
The Wildcats used that to take a led 21-7 at halftime.
Spearville did a better job in the second half. Led in scoring by senior Cole Stephenson, the Lancers outscored the Wildcats 15-9 and cut the Minneola lead to 30-22. They scored 7 straight points in the opening two minutes of the fourth to cut the lead to just 3 points before the Wildcats scored again to take a 32-29 lead.
Minutes later, Stephenson tied the game on two free throws with 5:04 left in the fourth.
It wasn’t over for Lang, however, and after Stephenson tied it, Lang returned the lead to Wildcat hands with about 4:33 left to play. He hit a shot, was fouled and made the and-1 which gave the Wildcats a 35-32 lead.
Minneola never relinquished the lead. The Wildcats hit clutch free throws and shots some of which were by Lang, and won 44-39.
Lang finished with a game-high 28 points.
“Overall I’m happy,” Minneola head coach James Temaat said. “It’s been a long time since we beat Spearville.”
He called Spearville a “well-coached team.” It wasn’t a perfect win for the Wildcats, but beating a well-coached team like Spearville was nice regardless of how it happened.
“Overall when you beat a (well-coached) team, you’re always happy about it,” Temaat said.