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Head Coach Mike Holmes never expected Colorado to be a rich source of Southwestern players, but things have developed in that direction. Nick Lenhard, a senior from Falcon High School in Falcon, CO, which is a suburb of Colorado Springs, signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Spartans next season, making him the third Colorado player in three years for Southwestern.
Lenhard is a cerebral guard with a good three-point stroke. Holmes likes his energy and understanding. “Point guards are like catchers in baseball,” Holmes said. “They need to have a more heightened understanding of why things are occurring for everyone else to be successful. I saw in Nick a player who will be able to translate bench decisions and adjustments to his teammates on the floor. He is ideal for our systems.”
Tanner Kellogg, a 6'2" forward from Albia, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Southwestern next season. Kellogg brings a solid three-point stroke to the Spartans, connecting on 40 percent of his attempts as a senior in high school. Other variables, however, were what caught the eye of Spartan Head Coach Mike Holmes. Holmes said, “In our system, we look for guys who can do the important things without a ton of recognition. Tanner has an understanding of screening that most players coming out of high school do not, he has a grasp already on our defensive basics, and his motor never stops.”
After hosting the Iowa Central Tritons just days before in their final regular season game of the year, the Spartans once again tipped-off against the Tritons in game one of the ICCAC Region XI Men's Basketball Championship. The two times these teams met during the season, regulation ended in a 50-50 tie. Unfortunately for the Spartans, after a 54-54 tie to end the fourth quarter, the final buzzer in overtime left them one point down 60-61, ending the season for the Spartans.
Read The Creston News Advertiser's article on the last game of the Spartans' season here.
In two games against Iowa Central this season, Southwestern has found itself tied at the end of regulation, 50-50. In the previous meeting, the matter was settled in two overtimes with the Tritons prevailing; however, Saturday was a different story for the Spartans, who pulled off the 60-54 overtime win. In a game that had big repercussions in the overall Regional seeding, Southwestern held a 26-20 halftime lead behind a spark from Larry Mason on the offensive end and timely rebounding defensively from Jack Harrison and Devin Kastrup. In the second half, the lead teetered back and forth. Trailing 50-49, Marquealis Edwards was fouled with 35 seconds remaining, but he connected on only one free throw. Southwestern made a defensive stand to take the game to overtime.