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Somerset boys basketball dishes up 53-28 win over Spooner

Junior guard Jack Emmert drives to the basket for a hoop during the Spartans' win over Spooner.1 / 2
Somerset's Matt Skoglund (12) works to break the press against Spooner.2 / 2

Breaking up the holiday break was the main reason the Somerset boys basketball team was playing Spooner last Friday.

While both teams might have shown a bit of rust, the Spartans were in control from start to finish, rolling over the Rails 53-28.

It took three shots for Somerset to take charge in the game. The Spartans' first three possessions of the game resulted in three-pointers from Jack Emmert, Gaelin Elmore and Emmert again. Midway through the first quarter the Spartans were ahead 15-3 and the margin was in double figures constantly through the final three quarters.

Spooner is winless this season. To make matters worse for the Rails, they were missing three players who were on a mission trip.

Because they were able to build up a lead so rapidly, the Spartans went to the bench early and often. The starters were pulled from the game midway through the third quarter, letting the reserves cut their teeth against the inexperienced Spooner team.

Elmore barely saw the court in the game. The Spartan center picked up two fouls in the first 90 seconds of the game and sat the rest of the first quarter. He saw limited action in the second and third quarters before the reserves took over.

The Spartans led 34-14 at halftime, but Coach Brent Larson wasn't overly pleased with the team's performance. The Spartans allowed Spooner to get eight offensive rebounds in the first half. Larson said that showed that the Spartans can't rely solely on Elmore to do all their rebounding.

"We could have done better boxing out," Larson said. "In the second half we played with a better sense of urgency and energy."

Emmert led the Spartans with 10 points and Tyler Ledbeter scored nine points in a balanced team effort. Ledbeter led the team with six rebounds and Emmert's three assists were tops on the team.

The Spartans end the 2012 portion of their schedule with a 6-1 record. Somerset starts its 2013 slate with a pair of road games. They return to Middle Border Conference play on Friday with a game at Ellsworth. Next Tuesday the Spartans play at Barron, in a rematch of last se