SPENCER BOYS BASKETBALL SURVIVES LATE FLURRY TO TOP ABBOTSFORD IN WIAA DIVISION 4 REGIONAL


Spencer’s Brett Kasch looks for an open teammate as Abbotsford’s Cade Faber applies defensive pressure during Tuesday’s WIAA Division 4 boys basketball playoff game at Spencer High School. The Rockets pulled out a 49-48 win. (Photo by Steve Pilz/For Zaleski Sports)

By Steve Pilz For MarshfieldAreaSports.com


SPENCER – The Spencer Rockets boys basketball team headed into the WIAA Division 4 playoffs as the No. 6 seed against the 11th-seeded Abbotsford Falcons on Tuesday night in a regional quarterfinal at Spencer’s R.J. Tack Auditorium.


The Rockets defeated the Falcons by nine, 61-52, on Dec. 10, and this one had the makings of the same outcome. Except nobody told the Falcons.


Spencer was able to pull out a tight 49-48 victory on Tuesday, advancing to a Division 4 regional semifinal at Edgar (17-5) on Friday at 7 p.m.


Abby led from the outset behind a 3-point barrage from senior Blake Draper, who drained four 3-pointers to stake the Falcons to a 22-16 lead with 3:31 left in the first half.