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BOYS BASKETBALL: Panthers upset Thunderhawks

February 24, 2014
By David Merrill (dmerrill@marshallindependent.com) , Marshall Independent

MONTEVIDEO - It isn't often the case that a freshman is the best player on the floor in a section playoff game.

Tracy-Milroy-Balaton's Spencer Smith was just the man for the job as the No. 7 Panthers secured a 58-49 upset victory over the No. 2 seed Montevideo in the 3AA boys playoff game.

Smith finished the game with 19 points, 13 rebounds and one block on the night, looking like a poised veteran.

"My main job was to stay in the post," Smith said. "I was just working hard down low and getting those rebounds. I thought the team played hard. We kept shooting and we never gave up. We have to keep pushing in round two. I'm excited for the next round."

Smith did have plenty of help around him as Josh Kirk and Brett Swenhaugen each had 12 points to go with 10 from Brady Lanoue. Riley Kirk finished the game with five assists on the night.

The Panthers were out-rebounded 31-30, but they were much more aggressive on offense throughout the contest as they shot 26 free throws compared to 14 for the Thunderhawks.

"We were able to get some stuff inside, which was big" TMB coach Rick Haberman said. "Spencer and Brett both played great around the basket. They have some good three-point shooters, but we were able to get a hand in their face and make their shooting percentage a little lower. Montevideo is a very good team and I thought the guys played tremendous game."

Troy Diggins was the leading scorer for Montevideo with 18 points on 7-13 shooting while Austin Hansen put in eight points and Jimmy Haff added seven points.

For Montevideo coach Dan Douglas, the game came down to simple execution. "We knew what they were going to do," Douglas said. "They didn't surprise us with anything tonight. I just thought they executed better than we did. You can't take anything away from them. They hit their shots and got the things done that they wanted to. Hat's off to them."

CLASS 2A SECTION 3 TOURNAMENT

Quarterfinals

Saturday

At Montevideo

TRACY-MILROY-BALATON 58, MONTEVIDEO 49

TRACY-MILROY-BALATON (14-12 OVERALL): Brett Swenhaugen 5-10 2-3 12, Riley Kirk 1-3 0-1 2, Josh Kirk 4-7 4-6 12, Spencer Smith 6-10 7-10 19, Brady Lanoue 3-6 4-6 10, Hayden Sanders 0-0 0-0 0, Derek Larson 1-4 0-0 3. TOTALS: 20-40 (50%) 17-26 (65%) 58.

MONTEVIDEO (13-11 OVERALL): Preston Herfurth 1-1 2-2 4, Jimmy Haff 3-7 1-2 7, Bryce Maurice 0-1 0-0 0, Dazhown Coleman 1-6 0-0 2, Jordan Thompson 0-9 2-2 2, Austin Hansen 3-6 2-3 8, Troy Diggins 7-13 3-3 18, Ricky Schmitz 1-3 0-0 2, Spencer Hildahl 2-7 2-2 6. TOTALS: 18-53 (34%) 12-14 (86%) 49.

HALFTIME: Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 25, Montevideo 22. 3-POINT FIELD GOALS: Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 1-8 (Larson 1-3, R. Kirk 0-1, J. Kirk 0-2, Lanoue 0-2); Montevideo 1-16 (Diggins 1-4, Coleman 0-1, Haff 0-2, Hansen 0-3, Thompson 0-6). REBOUNDS: Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 33 (Smith 13, Swenhaugen 8); Montevideo 31 (Hildahl 5, Diggins 5). TOTAL FOULS (FOULED OUT): Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 18 (none); Montevideo 22 (Hildahl). TECHNICAL FOULS: None. ASSISTS: Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 10 (R. Kirk 5, Lanoue 2); Montevideo 3 (Thompson 1, Hansen 1, Diggins 1). STEALS: Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 5 (J. Kirk 2); Montevideo 6 (Diggins 3, Coleman 2). BLOCKED SHOTS: Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 3 (Smith 3); Montevideo 0. TURNOVERS: Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 8; Montevideo 12.

 
 

 

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