The Superior High School boys basketball team opened its season with a 43-41 win Saturday afternoon at Eau Claire Memorial and then a 70-25 win Tuesday night at Ashland.
“We trailed pretty much the entire game on Saturday with a couple of spurts here and there offensively,” said SHS coach Dave Kontny. “We had nice looks but couldn’t get a shot to drop most of the night, and we definitely did not shoot free throws well.
“I think a lot of it was that we were young. The game was tight all night; it was a kind of inner pressure young players feel early in the season, and Memorial had two games already under their belt.”
The host Old Abes led 9-6 after one quarter, 18-16 at the half and 30-29 after three quarters.
The Spartans pulled off the come-from-behind victory by outscoring ECM 14-11 in the fourth quarter.
“The key for us was our pressure,” Kontny said. “We created a ton of turnovers, and we got some second chances on some great hustle from everyone. We were everywhere on defense, and that was a concern of mine coming in to the game, but the kids showed me they want to play hard and that’s great.”
Erick Tunell led the Spartans with a game-high 17 points. Ben Erickson was next with eight points and Spencer Urban had five.
Colin Loshaw scored 14 points for the Abes, who fall to 0-3 on the season.
The Spartans host Minneapolis Southwest at 3 p.m. Saturday.
SPARTAN SPIN: Superior was 17-of-30 from the free-throw line, compared to 7-of-18 for ECM. … Superior lost the JV game 63-46 and won the freshman game 57-41.
Spartans 70, Dockers 25
Tunell once again led Superior in scoring in the win over Ashland with 16 points. Derek Kontny added 14 points, Cody Hunt had 10 and Jordan Hughes nine.
Brett Hulmer led the Oredockers with 11 points.
SPARTAN SPIN: The SHS JV lost 55-48 and the freshmen won 58-9.
Superior 43, Memorial 41
Superior — Ben Erickson 8, Jordan Hughes 2, Derek Kontny 3, Bryan Sanders 3, Erick Tunell 17, Spencer Urban 5, Anthony Valentine 3, Cody Hunt 2. Totals (FGM FT-FTA TP): 12 17-31 43.
Memorial — Malek Lemke 5, Jake Travis 2, Dominiqus Ford 4, Alex Reichert 11, Colin Loshaw 14, Will Armstrong 5. Totals: 16 7-18 41.
Superior 6 10 13 14 — 43
Eau Claire Memorial 9 9 12 11 — 41
3-point goals: Superior 2 (Tunell 2), Memorial 2 (Loshaw, Lemke). Total fouls: Superior 19, Memorial 24. Records: Superior 1-0; Memorial 0-3.