NEILLSVILLE PULLS AWAY TO BEAT SPENCER IN BATTLE OF CLOVERBELT EAST BOYS BASKETBALL LEADERS


Spencer’s Austin Bacon shoots a free throw during the Rockets’ game at Neillsville on Friday. Neillsville won, 63-46, to pull ahead of the Rockets for first place in the Cloverbelt East standings. (Photo by Steve Pilz/For Zaleski Sports)

By Steve Pilz For Zaleski Sports


NEILLSVILLE – The battle for sole possession of first place in the East Division of the Cloverbelt Conference took place Friday night at Neillsville High School, and the two teams didn’t disappoint.


Spencer sat one-half game ahead of Neillsville heading into the game as neither had lost a conference tilt in the 2019-20 season. After a close start, where no team led by more than five, the Warriors pulled away thanks to some long-range shooting and won going away 63-46 on Friday night at Neillsville High School.


The Warriors (9-2, 6-0 Cloverbelt East) had a five-point lead with about 2½ minutes remaining when they brought the ball down. Monte Diestler hit his first 3-pointer of the night at the 2:17 mark to make it 52-44. After an empty Spencer possession, Diestler was at it again, draining his second triple with 1:49 remaining. This time Spencer answered when Brett Kasch made 1 of 2 at the free throw line.