Scheffler hits milestone in victory

Staff photo by Jeremy Behnke Springfield’s Decker Scheffler looks to make a pass against Sleepy Eye on Tuesday. Scheffler scored his 1,000th career point earlier in the game.

SPRINGFIELD — On a night where Isaac Fink was brilliant again, his teammate stole the spotlight.

Decker Scheffler scored 20 points and became the 14th player to surpass 1,000 career points at Springfield as the Tigers overcame a somewhat slow start to defeat Tomahawk Conference rival Sleepy Eye 94-69 on Tuesday night.

Scheffler, who scored 29 the previous night in a win against Redwood Valley, set himself up to easily surpass 1,000 career points for Tuesday’s game. Scheffler needed 7 points on Tuesday night and he got there with a jumper from the free-throw line with 6:41 left in the first half.

After missing some early looks, he got on a bit of a roll, hitting back-to-back baskets to put the Tigers up 22-10 with 9:05 left. That set the stage for his jumper, and with still feeling the nerves somewhat, he hit the jumper and gave his team a 27-17 lead.

“A little bit, I mean I was told I needed only 7 points but I tried not to think about it,” he said. “When it came, the crowd got a little louder, but as I said, it was nice to get it over with.”

The Tigers got off to a bit of a slow start in Tuesday’s game because of a high-scoring, physical game against Redwood Valley the night before. That resulted in some missed scoring chances early for Scheffler but he got going later on once the Tigers got warmed up.

“We knew that coming in this week, that we were going to have three tough games,” Scheffler said. “Coach could tell at halftime that we were a little bit tired but we just tried to focus up and we got the job done.”

Springfield built a 44-30 halftime lead and in the second half it was Fink’s turn to shine. He finished with 41 points and 10 rebounds and Scheffler scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Mitchell Buerkle finished with 17 points and grabbed six rebounds.

For Sleepy Eye, Nathan Walter led the way with 21 points. Jose Ibarra scored 12 points.

Sleepy Eye (3-5, 2-2) hosts Cedar Mountain on Thursday and Cleveland on Saturday.

Springfield (9-1, 5-0) has another big game on Friday, this time with Minnesota Valley Lutheran (11-1, 5-0) in a battle of the top two teams in the conference.