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by Tribune Staff
Dec 14, 2012 | 1798 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A quality start propelled the Spanish Springs boys basketball team to a 54-41 non-league home win over Central Catholic of Merced, Calif. Friday night.

The SSHS club jumped out to a 15-3 advantage after the first quarter and was never really threatened en route to the double-digit win.

The Cougars didn’t let up in the second quarter. They outscored their guests 19-13 in the second period and extended their edge to 34-16 at the intermission.

“I think we had three 3’s in the first,” Spanish Springs coach Kyle Penney said. “We had a lot of open looks to start the game and we forced a lot of turnovers. Our defense was outstanding and we shot a great percentage tonight.

“We played a really nice first half all the way around. We talked at halftime that we had only given up four field goals.”

Central Catholic was able to slow the Spanish Springs momentum in the third quarter, but unable to really cut much into the hosts’ lead. Central Catholic won the third quarter by a modest 10-6 margin, using its size and defense to slow down its northern Nevada opponent.

“We did have a poor third quarter,” Penney said. “We got a little sloppy. They played a lot of zone. That’s a credit to them. Their zone accomplished what they wanted it to. They were successful with it.”

Spanish Springs still led 40-26 heading into the fourth quarter. The Cougars then scored the first six points of the final period, pushing their lead to a game-high 20 points.

Kenny Meyer and TJ McCauley paced the SSHS offense, each chipping in 13 points to the winning cause.

“It’s a good win for us,” Penney said. “They were really big. We did a good job guarding their bigs.”

Spanish Springs is back in action Saturday. It will host Nevada Union, Calif. at 4:30 p.m.

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