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Springfield goes cold in second half, falls to RRC

Staff photo by Ari Selvey Springfield’s Isaac Fredin-Jenson shoots a floater during a nonconference boys basketball game against Red Rock Central Friday at Springfield High School.

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield scored 44 points with seven made 3-pointers in the first half but dropped to 15 points with three made 3s as it fell 66-59 to Red Rock Central Friday in a nonconference boys basketball game.

Springfield was playing in the second night of a back-to-back after a 76-70 win over BOLD on Thursday. Springfield head coach Lance Larson said that his team struggled to continue their play in the second half without the benefit of a rest day.

“I think they out-physicaled us a little bit,” Larson said. “Worked hard and beat us on the boards. You can’t get out and run if you don’t get the rebound first. To their credit, they had a good game plan coming in. I thought we were a little gassed from the game last night.

“We got out and shot the ball O.K. in the first half, and then the shots stopped going in and we stopped doing anything else. You live and learn.”

Noah Vogel led the Tigers with 18 points and eight rebounds, while Isaac Fredin-Jensen had 17 points. Ben Potter added 13 points, five rebounds and three steals for Springfield.

Jayden Long led the Falcons with 24 points, while Isaac Simonson had 20 points and Corey Arkell had 10 points for RRC.

Springfield went up 44-28 in the first half, finding a lot of success getting the ball to the open man in the corner. However, that shot went away in the second half as the Tigers struggled to make field goals.

“Our legs left, we got tired, and shots stopped going in,” Larson said. “That’s going to happen. [RRC] played pretty good defense too, their length bothered us.”

An alley-oop dunk by Long put RRC up 4-3 to open the game, but that early advantage soon vanished after a midrange jumper by Ferdin-Jensen. A 3-pointer by Ferden-Jensen gave Springfield a 14-12 lead that would last for the remainder of the half, starting a 13-0 run by the Tigers. Long scored 6 unanswered for the Falcons to cut the lead to 24-18, but a pull-up jumper by Vogel maintained the Springfield lead. Vogel hit another corner 3 to give Springfield their 44-28 halftime lead.

Simonson opened the second half with a converted and-one to begin the Falcons’ comeback. With the score at 51-41, RRC went on a 9-0 run to cut the lead to 1 point, where a kickout 3-pointer to Potter stopped the run. Simonson converted another and-one to cut the lead to 1 once more, and a layup by Arkell gave the Falcons their first lead of the half.

From that point, RRC outscored Springfield 10-2 until Brayden Sturm hit a 3-pointer off an inbound play with 16.5 seconds remaining in the game. But with a 63-59 lead and in the double bonus, RRC just had to hit their free throws to take home the win, which Arkell and Simonson did for the 66-59 victory.

Springfield (2-2) hosts Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

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