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Created: Monday, November 22, 2010 1:51 am

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The Spartans Men’s Basketball team used a balance of their protection-based defense and spread offense to earn a key non-conference victory against Southeast (Nebraska) Saturday. Southwestern built a 42-20 halftime lead behind the point guard play of both Alec Hall and Dominique Outley. Hall had five assists in the game, and Outley had a stellar night from the field, including 2-2 from behind the arc and 5-6 from the free-throw line. Southeast kept fighting after the half, switching to a half-court trapping zone. They were able to cut the lead to 17 before a key pass from Jordan Hopkins to Sam Duggins got the Spartans a much-needed basket. In all, Southwestern connected on 10 of 20 from the three-point line on their way to the 77-47 win. The Spartans are now 6-0 on the season and will play talented Central (Nebraska) Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Creston.

Created: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 1:38 am

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In what promised to be one of the most significant defensive challenges for the Spartans this year, the men’s basketball team got passing marks against Central Community College (Nebraska) at home Tuesday night, winning 94-70. The Spartans used another stellar first half, holding the high-powered Raiders to 20 points in the frame, taking a 50-20 lead to intermission. Luke Sealer (in photo) pounded the boards for Southwestern, collecting 11 rebounds in all on the night. Tyler Smith and David Goddard shared the challenging defensive assignment of stopping Ray McGaugh, Central’s offensive weapon. Both got passing marks from Head Coach Mike Holmes. “When you have one day to put in a funky defensive rule, you always are concerned how the players will execute. I thought all of our players did what they have done all year, which is to execute effectively in all things asked of them.” Central kept battling in the second half as both teams reached early foul trouble. Southwestern was effective enough against the press to maintain a comfortable margin. The Spartans move to 7-0, and next play North Central (Missouri) at home Tuesday, November 30.

Created: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 6:22 am

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Faced with the challenge of stopping a red-hot center as the focal point of the Quakerdale Academy offense, Southwestern used a packed and active defense to gain a home victory Tuesday night in Creston, 64-57. Southwestern jumped out early on key baskets by Luke Sealer, but the margin went back and forth throughout the first half until the Spartans extended it with a nice series, including a three-point goal from David Goddard and another from Sealer. Dominique Outley, who had 7 defensive rebounds on the night from the point guard position, led key transitions which led to scores. Leading at half, 35-26, Southwestern extended its lead when Jordan Hopkins found center De’Everett Williams for two easy baskets. Quakerdale tried pressure at the end of the game to attempt to close a 14-point deficit, and got the game back to the margin of the 64-57 final. Southwestern’s streak moves to five games on the young season, and they will next face another hot team, Southeast Nebraska, on Saturday in Creston.

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Created: Monday, November 15, 2010 1:30 am

11.jpgSouthwestern had to extend their defense farther than normal to defeat Northwestern Saturday afternoon in Creston, 79-64. The Red Raiders set the tone early, making 7 of their first 9 shots to grab an early 11-6 advantage. Going out of character, the Spartans put pressure on ball handlers and began forcing passing mistakes. In all, Northwestern committed 30 turnovers. Some of the turnovers led to transition baskets for Southwestern and gave the Spartans a 44-35 halftime advantage. In the second half, Northwestern cut the lead to 6, but could not get closer as the Spartans continued to run their spread and cut game. Balanced scoring was the key for Southwestern, who put four players in double figures (Alec Hall, Jordan Hopkins, Luke Sealer, and Tyler Smith). Sealer (photo at right) also chipped in 5 assists in the game. Southwestern also survived a scare when starting center Collin Artinger left the game with a shoulder injury. Artinger will be assessed Monday to determine his status for a Tuesday home game against Quakerdale Academy.