Jan 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.
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