The Storm Lake boys basketball team started fast and finished strong in a 63-55 win over visiting Spirit Lake Friday night at Tornado Fieldhouse. Mach Nyaw scored 16 of his game high 24 points in the 2nd half and Cham Deng added 17 to lead the offense but it was Deng and the Tornadoes defense that was the difference in the 2nd half as they held Owen Coburn to 19 points with only two of those points coming in the 2nd half.
The Tornadoes jumped out to a 10-2 lead early and led 17-14 after the first eight minutes but Coburn was a force in the paint and his teammates got him the ball as he poured in 17 first half points helping the Indians to a 33-32 lead at the half. After Mason McCaffery buried a three pointer to put Spirit Lake ahead 41-38 the Tornadoes responded with a quick 8-0 run when Chak Malou and Nyaw made back to back 3-pointers, Nyaw would then add a layup and the Tornadoes took the lead for good. Storm Lake would make 5-of-6 free throws in the final minute to secure the win.
After the game Storm Lake coach Heath Stille had the following comments.
With Malga Yanga serving the first of a two game suspension for disciplinary reasons the Tornadoes responded with a great team effort. Malou added eleven points, Jamuo Gatwech had seven, and Ethan James chipped in with four. Coburn led Spirit Lake with 19, McCaffery finished with 18, and Creighton Moricsh added 11.
Storm Lake was 10-of-16 from the free thrown line while the Indians were 2-for-2. Spirit Lake is now 6-3 overall and 2-3 in the conference, the Tornadoes are now 6-3 overall and 3-2 in the Lakes. Deng and Nyaw shared the Wells Ag Supply of Fonda player of the game.
Spirit Lake won the girls game 55-22 as they put four players in double-figures and used their size and their length to their advantage as they improve to 4-1 in the Lakes Conference. Storm Lake was led in scoring by the Wells Ag Supply of Fonda player of the game as she scored a game high 17 points and scored all 15 2nd half points for the Tornadoes who fall to 2-9 overall and 0-5 in the conference.
The Storm Lake teams will play Ridge View Monday night at Schaller for a non-conference double-header that starts at 6pm and will be broadcast on 92.9FM KKIA.