Spartan hoop team snaps 11-game skid
The Superior High School boys basketball team snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 54-43 win over the Amery Warriors Friday night in the SHS gym.
Superior’s last win was over Duluth Marshall on Dec. 19.
Carter Anderson led the Spartans (4-12) with a game-high 26 points, which included five 3-point baskets.
Two of Anderson’s 3-pointers, along with two free throws, came in the final minute of the second quarter and helped turn a one-point lead into a 31-23 advantage for Superior at halftime.
Amery outscored Superior 13-8 in the third quarter, then tied the game for the first time at 39-39 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter.
The game was tied again at 41-41 with 5:06 remaining, but the Spartans regained a 45-41 lead on back-to-back baskets by Nate Sanders.
A three-point play and then two free throws by Anderson allowed Superior to open up a 50-41 lead.
The rest of game was played at the free-throw line.
Amery (3-9) was led by Mike Elbing’s 13 points.
The Spartans play at Duluth East at 7:45 p.m. today, host Grand Rapids Thursday and Eau Claire North Saturday. The home games begin at 7:15 p.m.
SPARTAN SPIN: Superior was 14-of-15 from the free-throw line and Amery was 11-of-14. … Honored on Senior Night for the Spartans were Anderson, Jon Lindberg, Matthew O’Shaughnessy and Will Stream. Also honored were seniors on the dance and cheerleading teams. … Brandon Myer’s basket with 10 seconds remaining gave the SHS junior varsity a 50-49 victory. Myer finished with 15 points. Shaun Petrovich added 10 points.
SHS boys come up short
Superior’s losing streak reached 11 games with a 49-40 loss Thursday night at Menomonie.
The Spartans led 17-11 after the first quarter, but then were outscored 9-2 in the second quarter and trailed 20-19 at the half.
The Mustangs took a one-point lead after three quarters, then outscored the Spartans 15-8 in the fourth quarter.
Jake Libal led Superior with a game-high 16 points, nine of which came on a trio of 3-pointers. Hayden Swartz led Menomonie with 12 points.
Amery — Mike Elbing 13, John Marquand 3, Cole Morison 5, Jordan Luehman 8, Colin Bursik 4, Seth Luer 4, Alex Riley 6. Totals 13 11-14 43
3-point goals — Elbing 3, Luehman 2, Marquand.
Superior — Jake Libal 4, Carter Anderson 26, Brett Lozon 2, Jon Lindberg 2, Nate Sanders 6, Matt O’Shaughnessy 3, Will Stream 4, Jeb Kimmes 5, Connor Gray 2. Totals 17 14-15 54.
3-point goals — Anderson 5, Kimmes.
Superior — Jake Libal 16, John Curphy 2, Carter Anderson 8, Nate Sanders 5, Matt O’Shaughnessy 3, Connor Gray 6. Totals 15 4-6 40.
3-point goals — Libel 3, Anderson 2, O’Shaughenssy.
Menomonie — Colton Tarter 2, Luke Stanley 4, Mitch Stai 9, Rich Stewart 4, Nate Stanley 10, Jack Stelter 8, Hayden Swartz 12. Totals 20 6-8 49.
3-point goals — Stai, Stanley 2.