SOLON– The Spartans came out to play in the third quarter.
After building and losing a first-half lead, Solon’s varsity basketball squad held Clear Creek Amana (CCA) to 10 points in the second half and waltzed away with a 71-43 win Friday night.
“I thought it was our best overall second half of basketball we’ve played,” Solon head coach Brad Randall said. “Although we need to be ready to play defense a little earlier.”
Solon held a 6-point advantage at the end of the first quarter, but CCA came back in second quarter to tie and even take a 29-28 lead with three minutes before halftime.
In the third quarter, the Spartans clamped down, allowing only 3 CCA points.
The Clippers could not stop the Spartans inside, with big men Joe Weeks and Ryan Kunkel providing 20 and 13 points respectively. Emilio Villagrana added 16 points and six assists.
The Spartans edged out the Clippers in the battle for rebounds, with Kunkel grabbing nine and Weeks snagging six. Kunkel also had five steals to pace the Spartans.
Solon’s boys were scheduled to host Mount Vernon Tuesday before a tough road test with a physical Dyersville Beckman squad Friday, Jan. 11. The Spartans return home to face Anamosa Tuesday, Jan. 15.