In a rare back-to-back challenge, the Southwestern men’s basketball team was equal to the task with weekend wins, 74-66 over William Penn, and 68-62 over Wartburg in Oskaloosa and Waverly respectively.
The Spartans began the weekend right by taking a halftime lead of 44-28 to the locker room against William Penn thanks to defensive energy and timely scoring from Elliott Hamdeed (pictured). In the second half, the Statesmen tried to make a late run, but big free throws from Nick Lenhard and defensive rebounds from Jared Theis helped to seal away the win.
The Spartans traveled to Waverly that night and continued their consistent play in a hard-fought game with the Knights. The Spartans led 36-34 at half on the strength of an offensive spurt from Theis, as well as key defensive plays from Larry Mason and Matt Orchard. In the second half, Southwestern rode the post play of Mataika Koyamainavure to get a pad and keep it.
The wins move young Southwestern to 6-5 on the season. They next play a Division I foe, Marshalltown, Tuesday, December 10 at 7 p.m. in Creston.