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Due to travel conditions, the Spartan’s game with Clinton was postponed Wednesday and moved to Monday, February 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Clinton.
With an uncharacteristic 15 miscues in the first half leading to turnovers, Southwestern could not gain ground on talented Iowa Lakes in the second half, falling 64-40 in Creston Saturday. With solid defensive possessions keeping them in striking distance, the Spartans tried in vain to get things clicking on the offensive end; however, cold shooting and ball mistakes forced the home team into an 18-point halftime deficit.
In the second half, the Spartans protected the ball better and were more efficient offensively, at one point reducing the lead to 10 on a three-point goal from the corner by Tanner Kellogg; however, Elliott Hamdeed fouled out of the game with quick back-to-back violations, and Southwestern could inch no closer despite big defensive rebounds from Mataika Koyamainavure and a solid all-around second half from Jared Theis.
The Spartans travel twice this week. Wednesday, February 5, they will be in Clinton for a 7:30 tip.
Southwestern got a win they needed in a 65-56 victory over Grand View Friday night, January 24, in Creston. The first half was a back and forth battle, with the Vikings jumping out to an 8-2 advantage, but then the steady attack led by Elliott Hamdeed and Tanner Kellogg began to bring the Spartans closer. With some foul problems for Mataika Koyamainavure and Larry Mason, however, Grand View led at the half, 28-27.
Composure against the press of North Iowa Area was absent at the beginning of a conference game Saturday for the Spartans, and created a deficit impossible to overcome in a 90-55 loss. Southwestern, averaging 12 turnovers a game this season, made 15 miscues in the first half alone in digging itself an insurmountable hole. North Iowa Area continued to use frequent substitutions, pressure defense, and accurate three-point shooting to answer any runs the Spartans could muster.
Head Coach Mike Holmes was pleased with offensive adjustments and ball possession in the second half, but continues to highlight the theme of consistency. “We are a very competitive team when we value the ball and compete defensively, but need to continue to put those possessions together for games rather than halves.”
Southwestern travels to Kirkwood Wednesday for a double header with the women’s team. Tip for the men’s game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.