And the legend of the 2016 SPASH Panthers continues to grow...
SPASH only led by 11 at the half in the WIAA Division I State semifinals, but the Panthers did what they have done so often this season: wear teams out over time. And, at the end of regulation, SPASH was once again victorious, 75-48.
Besides a dunk by Joey Hauser in the game's second half, there wasn't much flash in SPASH's performance tonight, but they outscored Sheboygan North by 26 in the second half and went on to win by 27.
Teams can play SPASH tight for a while, but it seems eventually the Panthers' talent always prevails, and that held especially true tonight.
"It was only an 11 point game going into halftime,” SPASH senior guard Trev Anderson said during the post-game presser. “They did a phenomenal job and I think we just regrouped at halftime and we knew we had to get some inside touches... and once we started getting those, the shots got more open... we started knocking them down.”
“When we've got kids spaced on the floor who can shoot it and who are willing to share it... that is a hard guard,” SPASH coach Scott Anderson said. “I know we've played teams like that in the past. So that's how we try to play and that's how we try to be, in that attack mode for as much as we can."
With the win against the Golden Raiders tonight, SPASH remains undefeated. Tomorrow, the Panthers will look to continue their spectacular season in the State finals tomorrow night. The Panthers tip off against Muskego tomorrow at 8:15 p.m. The game can be viewed live on Newsline 9 or streamed live on Newsline 9's Magic of March app.