Indians remain unbeaten with win over Midgets

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
PHOTO BY MATT HEINRICHS Spirit Lake's Alex Van Dyke goes up for two of his 16 points in the Indians' win over Estherville Lincoln Central on Tuesday.

The Spirit Lake boys basketball team didn't experience any letdown whatsoever following their first ever win over Western Christian on Friday, as the Indians dominated Estherville Lincoln Central 69-46 on the road Tuesday to improve to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the Lakes Conference.

The Indians got out to a 10-0 start and never looked back.

"Playing at Estherville is always a tough game for us," Spirit Lake coach Dr. David Smith said. "It's a really great environment to play in. They always come ready to play. Being close, I think it's a pretty important game for everyone. Getting in there and having a good start tonight was really important for us. We've kind of struggled the last few games, with the exception of Western Christian, of getting off to a good start, so that was important. I thought they did a really nice job on both ends of the floor."

PHOTO BY MATT HEINRICHS Spirit Lake's Frankie Ramos passes the ball ahead to a teammate in the Indians' win over the Midgets.

Alex Van Dyke got the scoring started with an old fashioned three-point play. Frankie Ramos followed with a breakaway layup, Owen Coburn put one in from the block and Ramos knocked down a triple to give the Indians a 10-0 lead right out of the gates.

ELC rebounded, as Lucas Gardener scored five straight points to push the Midgets back within four at 11-7, but a three-pointer by Van Dyke gave the Indians a 16-10 lead after one.

Spirit Lake continued to push the pace in the second quarter, outscoring the Midgets 21-10 to lead 37-20, and the Indians never looked back.

PHOTO BY MATT HEINRICHS Spirit Lake sophomore Owen Coburn finished Tuesday night's game with a game-high 24 points and 12 rebounds.

Coburn finished with a game-high 24 points and 12 rebounds. Van Dyke had 16 points for the Indians. ELC was led by Trevor Friesner with 11 points.

Smith said his squad continues to improve with every game.

"The goal is, you play to try to win every game, and we're certainly trying to do that. But, ultimately, we want to be the best we can be come February," he said. "What we're pleased about is, obviously the result is one thing and a measure of how you're doing against your competition, but we like that we're doing a lot of little things that we weren't doing earlier in the season. Our defense is coming along. It's getting better and better. Estherville can put a few points on the board and I thought for three quarters, we really held them down pretty solid. We're starting to share the ball. We're starting to move it a little bit more. A few more guys are scoring who weren't scoring at the beginning of the year. It seems like we have four weapons on the floor pretty much at all times, which make sit difficult to guard."

PHOTO BY MATT HEINRICHS Spirit Lake's Nick Christensen eyes the Estherville Lincoln Central defense on Tuesday.

Spirit Lake will look to keep it rolling when the Indians return to action Friday in a Lakes Conference road trip to Emmetsburg (1-3, 1-2).

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