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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.
Southwestern erased the memory of a challenging week with a conference road victory, 75-59, at Iowa Lakes Saturday. The Spartans, with smothering defense which included four charges taken, built a 40-26 halftime lead behind a spark from David Farmer, who drilled two big three-point goals. Iowa Lakes was far from out of it, however, as they stormed back at the beginning of the second half with aggressive offensive rebounding and frigid shooting from Southwestern.
Southwestern's contest with Central (Nebraska) was cancelled Wednesday night due to icy conditions in Nebraska. Central athletic director Jack Gutierrez contacted Spartan Head Coach Mike Holmes via cell phone while the team was en route to the game. "Where we were on Highway 34 there was nothing happening, so we never gave the travel a second thought," Holmes said. "They called and said that ice was causing several accidents and very slow travel, recommending that we turn it around." Holmes indicated that finals week made the call even easier. He said, "We didn't want our kids on the road at 3 a.m. again with finals tomorrow, so it wasn't a tough decision to take their advice and return to Creston." The two schools will talk about a possible make-up date later in the season, but also entertained the idea of a cancellation.