Sanderson stuns Wakefield, 69-55
Posted January 30, 2013
If Sanderson's boys basketball team is going to make the state playoffs, they're going to have to win some games against some of the top teams in a tough Cap 8 Conference.
The Spartans got one of those wins on Tuesday night, pulling away from Wakefield on the road to win, 69-55.
Both teams exchanged baskets in the first quarter with three ties and five lead changes. With 33 seconds left, Sanderson held a five-point lead after Nnamdi Okoro split a pair of free throws. But a 3-pointer from Eric Crawford and a dunk from Logan Evans with five seconds left tied the game at 16-16 going into the second quarter.
Wakefield made a push in the second quarter. The Wolverines maintained a three-point lead for several minutes in the second quarter, and with 3:45 left before the half, Wakefield led 26-25.
The last run of the half belonged to Sanderson though.
A 3-pointer from Reggie Traywick with 2:34 left gave the Spartans a 28-26 lead, then Parker Fennema hit a 3-poitner to put Sanderson up 31-26 with 1:37 left.
Fennema posted 18 points in the first half, leading Sanderson to a 36-31 lead at the break.
Sanderson never trailed again.
The Sapartans hit three 3-pointers in the third quarter, outscoring Wakfield 16-10 in the period.
With 1:13 left in the third quarter, Sanderson led 46-41 after Jake Butle hit a two-point shot for the Wolverines. But Sam Johnson and Traywick hit 3-pointers in the final minute of the quarter to give Sanderson a 52-41 lead going into the final quarter.
Sanderson led by as many as 16 points in the fourth quarter as the Spartans picked up a big win to keep them in contention for a playoff spot.
Fennema led Sanderson with 25 points.
Wakefield (8-9) drops to 4-5 in Cap 8 play, just ahead of Enloe who is 3-5. The Eagles have played one less conference game than Wakefield due to the ice storm last week. Both teams are two games behind Leesville Road in third place.
Sanderson (10-11) is now 3-6 in the league, one game behind Wakefield and Enloe.