Indians squeeze out win
SPIRIT LAKE — Senior Andy Pringnitz scored the final six points for Spirit Lake including the go-ahead basket with 21 seconds remaining to help the Indians to a 44-43 victory over MOC-Floyd Valley on Tuesday.
Late in the first half, Spirit Lake appeared on the verge of walking away with with a a Class 3A first-round win.
The Indians held a 13-point lead after putting together an 8-1 run. However the Dutch weren’t prepared to end their season quite yet. They scored the final five points of the half and Kyler Mulder heated up in the second half with three 3-pointers.
On his third trey in the fourth quarter, the Dutch held a 39-36 edge.
A basket by Mason Bergquist followed a little later by Pringnitz’s basket returned the lead to Spirit Lake, 40-30.
MOC-Floyd Valley took the lead again on a basket by Daniel Van Kalsbeek with 2:10 remaining at 41-40.
Neither team scored for the next minute and half, but the final three baskets of the game came in quick succession.
A layup by Pringnitz with 27 seconds on the clock was immediately followed by one from Van Kalsbeek. The ball came quickly back down court with Pringnitz again scoring the final basket with 21 second on the clock.
MOC-Floyd Valley took time getting the ball to mid-court. After a pair of Spirit Lake fouls (the Dutch weren’t in the bonus yet), MOC-Floyd Valley got three chances at the basket with Pringnitz blocking one of the attempts to help preserve the win.
“I”m so excited for this great group of guys,” said Spirit Lake coach John Walz, who noted by Pringnitz and Tyler Solsma both earned all-conference honors and Walz was named coach of the year. “All that doesn’t matter if we don’t win our first-round tournament game.“
The Indians, who had a week layoff prior to the tournament, started very strongly with a 13-4 lead in the first quarter which included contributions from Pringnitz, Hegeman, Mason Bergquist plus a 3-pointer from Solsma.
The Indians stretched the lead to 15-4 before the Dutch finally got to the free throw line.
The visitors finally put in a couple baskets and cut the deficit to 17-11 before Spirit Lake began its 8-1 run. The run started with two free throws and a basket by Bergquist and four points from Pringnitz.
However after taking a 25-12 lead with a minute left in the half, Van Kalsbeek converted a 3-point play and Mulder made a basket to cut the deficit to eight, 25-17.
Mulder’s first 3-pointer in the third quarter cut he deficit to five points, 27-22.
Boomer Dreeszen responded with a three-point play to push the lead back to eight and another 3-pointer by Solsma gave Spirit Lake a 33-24 lead.
However that was answered by a 3-pointer from Mulder
However it was Jason Hoffmeyer who gave the Dutch a 35-34 lead with 51 seconds remaining in the third period.
The Indians retook the lead at the start of the fourth on Scott Maudlin’s second basket of the night and the two squads fought it out the rest of the way.
Pringnitz ended with a team-high 16 points with Bergquist contributing nine points and Solsma eight.
MOC-Floyd Valley was led by Mulder with a game-high 18 points while Van Kalsbeek had 14.
The Indians (17-5) advance to play Spencer at Sheldon on Thursday. Game time is 7 p.m.