SHELDON - Spirit Lake's Alec Henrickson and MOC-Floyd Valley's Levi Jansen put on a show in Thursday's Class 3A District final.
When the dust settled Jansen's 39 points and the Dutch came out on top over Henrickson's 29 points and the Indians in a 63-56 victory.
Henrickson couldn't seem to miss from long range and finished with eight 3-pointers on the night.
His seventh 3-pointer had Spirit Lake within three points, 56-53, with 44 seconds remaining. Two free throws by the Dutch's Parker Mulder pushed the lead back to five. The Dutch then blocked Trevor Smith's shot and Janssen scored a layup with 19 seconds left to for a 59-53 lead. Another steal by MOC-Floyd Valley led to two free throws by Mitchell Yaw that gave them their biggest lead of the night, 61-53. Henrickson's final 3-pointer with 6.3 seconds remaining wasn't enough and Jansen completed his night with two free throws.
"I'm proud of the fight and effort the team gave tonight," said Spirit Lake coach Dr. David Smith. "We were playing some of our best ball here at the end of the season."
Henrickson came out firing in the first quarter, hitting three 3-pointers in the opening frame and helping the Indians to a 17-13 lead.
The Dutch took their first lead on a basket by Yaw at 20-19, but 3-pointers by Billy Brown and Henrickson were part of an 8-0 Indian run to give them a 27-21 advantage.
The Dutch cut the lead to two before Brown hit his second 3-pointer. But a three-point play by Brady Schutt had the deficit to two, 30-28 at the break.
A seesaw battle ensued with three ties and three lead changes in the third quarter. Trevor Smith's 3-pointer gave the Indians' a 35-32 advantage, but after six points by the Dutch, a 3-pointer by Brown simply tied the score at 38-38. Henrickson then hit a 3-pointer to give the Indians back the lead, but the Dutch scored the last basket of the quarter to lead 42-41.
After a 3-pointer by Spirit Lake's Alex Prignitz tied the game at 44-44, the Dutch took the lead for good with four free throws. And a basket by Mulder pushed the Dutch lead to 50-44 with 4:20 remaining.
The Indians had just four players in the scoring column. Besides Henrickson's 29 points, Smith and Brown each had 11 and Prignitz had five.
Mulder finished with 13 points for the Dutch.
Spirit Lake finishes with a 16-7 season. Seniors Sam Harms and Tyler Alger played in their final game.
"Tyler and Sam our great guys and we're going to miss them," said Dr. Smith.