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By CLAY CUNNINGHAM
REO—South Spencer went on a 19-3 run in the second and third quarters to beat Tell City 58-41 in boys basketball Saturday.
The Marksmen’s offense played at a slow pace in the first quarter, where they had two possessions last more than a minute.
Each team attempted just seven shots in the first period, with the Rebels taking an 8-7 lead.
The Rebels broke a 15-15 tie by closing the first half on an 8-1 run to pull ahead 23-16.
Dakota Risse, who led all scorers with 18 points, gave South Spencer a big momentum boost by hitting an off-balance three-pointer just before the halftime buzzer. He was 4 of 4 from three-point range for the game.
Tell City’s Matthew Watts hit a layup on the opening possession of the second half, but South Spencer answered by scoring 11 consecutive points to begin to put the game out of reach.
At one point the Rebels scored on seven consecutive possessions as they outscored the Marksmen 22-6 in the third quarter.
Marksmen Coach Brent Owen said extended lulls in the second and third quarters have been “the story of our season.
“I’ve got to find a way to get us playing better in the second and third quarter because that’s when teams have jumped on us.”
Watts led Tell City with 13 points and five rebounds. Reese Miller added eight points.
Through three quarters those two had eight of the Marksmen’s nine field goals.
Charleston Roberts had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Rebels to back Risse.
South Spencer outshot Tell City from the field 59.5 percent to 39.5 percent.
Both teams handled the ball well, with both finishing in single figures in turnovers.
Tell City fell to 2-10 overall, 0-4 in the PAC. South Spencer improved to 9-4 overall, 3-0 in the conference.
Owen said he was mostly pleased with the Marksmen’s performance on offense, saying they are beginning to pick it up after a slow start to the season.
He was not happy with what he deemed an “atrocious” performance on defense.
“If we want to win, we can’t (allow points on seven consecutive possessions),” Owen said. “We’re really looking for someone to step up and be a leader on this team so stuff like that doesn’t happen.”
Tell City will visit Mater Dei Friday at 7 p.m.
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South Spencer won the JV game 50-37.
Gant Miller led Tell City with 13 points.