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SPASH bounces back, cuts down D.C. Everest

January 19, 2013
By Todd VanderLoop of Stevens Point Area Senior High

SPASH bounces back, cuts down D.C. Everest

Posted by Brandon Lang on 18 Jan 2013 / 0 Comment


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Brandon Lang

January 18th, 2013

Stevens Point – SPASH rebounded well from their first loss of the season, using an offensively stellar fourth quarter to defeat D.C. Everest 61-52.  With this win, SPASH is back on the winning track and Coach Scott Anderson had this to say regarding their return to the winners circle:

“The biggest thing for us was to play well.  We want to play to our potential.  You don’t want to have a 2 game losing streak going into the second half of the conference season,” said Anderson.

SPASH started out hot hitting jumpers from all over the court.  Six different Panthers hit from the field during the game, all of them making their first marks in the score books in the first quarter. They were able to use this unselfish play effectively to head into the second quarter with a 17-13 lead.

“I’ve said it all year long, they are playing good team basketball; they are really playing for each other.  Having that feel of everyone pitching in and being there for one another is good.  When we’re all clicking like that, were hard to guard,” said Anderson.

The Panthers’ perimeter game fell on hard times in the start of the second.  Being forced to play outside by a tight zone defense and their failure to hit jump shots made it difficult for SPASH to put up points.  It wasn’t until close to the four-minute mark that they were able to hit a three-pointer for their first points of the quarter.  They found some inspiration, as they have all year, in their ability to create fast break opportunities off steals.  They used this fast pace to carry momentum, and the lead, into halftime with the score 27-22.

Any momentum SPASH had seemed to dissipate in the third.  They were driving to the rim, but Everest wasn’t giving up anything easy.  The Panthers threes weren’t falling and they had no remedy for their inability to hit open shots.

“Our first two or three shots rimmed in and out.  After those shots rimmed out, we seemed to get a bit tentative.  Give credit to D.C. Everest, they are a great defensive team,” said Anderson.

SPASH was held scoreless for almost five minutes until Ryan Sullivan drove to lane and finished at the hoop for two.  This ended an 8-0 run by Everest and kept SPASH within striking distance.  SPASH was in for another stellar fourth quarter with the score 35-33 Everest.

All year, the Panthers have thrived in these moments; the kinds of moments that can either make a team stronger or break them.  SPASH has risen to the occasion again and again, and today would be no different.

Sam Hauser started off the quarter with a bang, stealing the ball and driving for a lay-up.  Three things were crucial to the Panthers success in the fourth: driving the lane, making free-throws, and rebounding.  Their ability to keep Everest’s Jared Gjertson off the offensive rebounds helped them limit the Evergreens to one shot.

“We matched their intensity going to the glass.  Sean Van Helden did a heck of a job keeping Gjertson off the glass, he really blocked out well and played a nice game down low for us,” said Anderson.



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