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Having won two conference games on the road so far, Southwestern got a much-needed home conference win against Clinton Saturday, 65-59. The win pushes the Spartans to 3-2 in Iowa Community College Athletic Conference play, with key battles against Kirkwood and North Iowa Area remaining. Southwestern ran its unique style well, freeing up shooters who were able to convert (Tyler Smith (pictured) 4-5 from behind the arc; Austin Emerson for 16 total points).
Pumped up and ready for the game against the No. 2 Bears, the Spartans came out of the gate with great intensity and defense. However, they found themselves unable to keep up with the scoring pace of the Bears team letting them slowly slip away. Read more about the game in "No. 2-rated Bears pull away, 61-41" on the Creston News Advertiser Web site or in the Jan. 13 edtion of the CNA.
The Spartan's next game will be at home Sat., Jan. 15 against Clinton CC. Game time is 3 pm.
Southwestern bounced back from a conference earlier in the week by winning a wire-burner against Ellsworth in Iowa Falls, 72-70. The two teams struggled for control for the entire game. Ellsworth took a 33-31 lead into halftime, but the Spartans were able to keep in the game with key defensvie play from Austin Emerson and Tyler Smith, and a balanced scoring attack. The second half was a see-saw, but Southwestern made two key plays to set up the exciting finish. Down 58-54, Collin Artinger was fouled on a three-point attempt that went in.
Having both won their conference openers, Southwestern and Iowa Central were each looking to take the early front-runner's position in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference. The Tritons were the team that walked away with the advantage after a 70-36 win over Southwestern Wednesday night. Southwestern's precision offense showed the rust that can be created during a holdiay break, as Spartan shooters struggled to find the target all evening. Southwestern went 10-51 from the floor, which contributed to a 32-19 halftime deficit. In addition, the center postition was a point of challenge for the Spartans on the evening. Starting center Collin Artinger was in foul trouble early, and eventully fouled out of the game. De'Everett Williams had missed some practice over the break to attend his mother's wedding, which put him down in the Spartan rotation. David Farmer did not play due to an ankle injury, which left Keenan Joiner, typically a forward, attempting to fill in at the spot. Southwestern's small lineup was overmatched on the boards, giving up a 50 to 16 rebounding advantage to Iowa Central. Southwestern moves to 10-4 overall and 1-1 in the conference. They next play Ellsworth on the road Saturday.