Spartans win with 15-0 fourth quarter run
Every coach dreams of their team putting together a fourth quarter charge that puts a close game out of reach.
That's exactly what the Somerset boys basketball team accomplished Tuesday night. The Spartans led Spooner 36-32 after three quarters. The Spartans then scored the first 15 points of the fourth quarter to take charge, winning 52-35.
Junior guard Jeff Klis gave the Spartans an unexpected spark in the fourth quarter. Klis hit the first two shots of the quarter, then added a three-pointer during the 15-point run.
"He came out of his shell," Somerset coach Eric Olson said of Klis. "He's got potential and he showed a little bit of that. The more aggressive he is (offensively) the more successful we'll be."
The fourth quarter burst wasn't the only stretch where the Spartans dominated the game. In the first six minutes of the game the Spartans pounced on the Rails, taking a 15-2 lead.
It was another of the Spartan guards, senior point guard Adam Henzler, who spearheaded the early charge. Henzler hit two three-pointers in the first minute of the game, then hit another during the first quarter rally.
"We haven't always started well, so it was nice to see us get off to such a fast start," Olson said.
Spooner had started the game in a box-and-one defense, giving extra attention to Spartan leading scorer Mike Schachtner. Henzler's three-pointers forced Spooner out of the gimmick defense, but the Rails tried a number of different defenses during the game.
The defense that gave the Spartans the most problems was a 1-3-1 zone that limited Somerset to six points in the third quarter. The Spartans finally figured out how to beat that zone, by having Schachtner be the "runner," the player who went side-to-side along the baseline as the ball was swung. He hit several long shots from the corners, forcing Spooner to change defenses again.
Mike Schachtner led the Spartans with 26 points, including hitting four three-pointers. Schachtner also led the Spartans with 10 rebounds. Henzler's six assists led the team, with Schachtner contributing five assists.
This was a battle of outside shooting, with Somerset hitting eight treys and Spooner sinking seven three-point shots.
Spooner only hit four shots from two-point territory. That's a credit to the Spartan defense that collapsed hard around the ball. Olson said his only concern was how Spooner was able to free up players for occasional open looks outside the three-point arc.
"I think this is the best we've played to date, as an overall team," Olson said.
The Spartans hadn't scouted Spooner this year, but Spooner played at the sectional tournament in Somerset last year, so the Spartans had a good idea what to expect from the Rails.
The win raises Somerset's record to 7-0 for the season. The Spartans now jump into the teeth of their Middle Border Conference, where the Spartans are currently co-leaders with Amery. Somerset will play at home on Thursday against Durand. The Spartans will then make the short road trip to New Richmond next Tuesday to face the Tigers.
Somerset 52, Spooner 35
Johnson 5 0-0 13, Watkins 1 0-0 3, Ubbelodhde 1 0-0 2, Stone 0 2-2 2, Turpin 0 1-2 1, Stypula 3 0-0 9, Day 1 3-4 5. Totals 11 6-8 35.
Henzler 3 0-0 9, Raleigh 0 0-0 0, Anderson 1 0-0 2, Wishard 3 0-0 6, Reyer 0 0-1 0, Klis 3 0-0 7, Jackson 0 2-2 2, Schreiner 0 0-0 0, Schachtner 11 0-0 26. Totals 21 2-3 52.
Spooner 8 15 9 3 35
Somerset 15 15 6 16 52
Three-point goals -- Johnson 3, Watkins, Stypula 3, Henzler 3, Klis, Schachtner 4. Fouled out -- none. Total fouls -- Spooner 8, Somerset 11.