Spirit Lake Basketball Survives Postseason Scare
The Spirit Lake boys basketball team is moving on in district play after a 50-49 win over Storm Lake in the opening round on Tuesday night. The game was tied at 11 after the 1st quarter and then Storm Lake built a three point lead at halftime. It was a four point lead for the Tornadoes after the 3rd quarter and at one point in the quarter Storm Lake was up by 7. In the final quarter, Spirit Lake would hit 4 three pointers to gain momentum. Storm Lake would continue to battle and hit a bucket with 20 seconds left to go up 49-48. Frankie Ramos would get fouled with 15 seconds left and hit both of his free throws to give the Indians a 50-49 lead. With 2.5 seconds left Storm Lake's Brayden Hoops would drive to the basket and attempt a scoop shot as time expired and it would finish short on the right side of the rim and Spirit Lake hangs on to win by one. The Indians played without Owen Coburn for the final 2 1/2 quarters after he took a shot to the nose midway thru the 2nd quarter.
The Indians were led by Alex Van Dyke with 16 points and 13 rebounds. He was our United States Powertrain of Spirit Lake player of the game. Storm Lake was led by Cham Deng with 16 points. The Tornadoes finish the season with a record of 11-10. Spirit Lake improves to 17-5 and will host Sergeant Bluff-Luton on Thursday in a semifinal. They beat MOC-FV in the first game 68-55.