South Western High's Spencer McKercher does a lot of things that do not show up routinely on the statistic sheet.
His role is to box out, get rebounds, provide energy, play good defense and make the hustle plays.
As of late, McKercher has been excelling in his role, and Saturday night against New Oxford was no different. McKercher scored 10 points and had numerous rebounds and other plays that often go unnoticed. It was his offensive production that stood out in South Western's 61-38 win.
South Western employed a balanced offense all night with three players scoring in double digits and nine players tallying in the scoresheet.
The Mustangs received strong performances from Scott Hess and Brock Geiman as the two penetrated all night long and found the open man, with McKercher often the beneficiary.
"I thought those guys really did a really good job tonight and made some really nice decisions," South Western head coach Nate Brodbeck said. "(Spencer) should buy Scott and Brock a steak dinner. They did a great job."
For McKercher, he is used to filling in his role as the hustle guy, but being able to score the way he did Saturday was extra special.
"It feels great to be able to play my role and get rebounds and do all that stuff," he said. "Then to have a night like tonight where I can get some points, it definitely feels great."
The win extends South Western's win streak to seven games and it appears the Mustangs
"It is a lot different than last year," Hess said. "Last year we struggled towards the end, so it is good to know we are playing good basketball as the season winds down."
"Our guys are getting very comfortable in their roles," Brodbeck added. "We have a nice rotation. We feel comfortable with the guys we put out there and they feel comfortable doing their job."
Mike Duffy and Parker Bean led the way in scoring, each chipping in 14 points. For Bean, the points came with difficulty as the Colonials double-teamed him low, making it difficult for the Mustangs to get him the ball.
For Duffy, he received much of the attention coming into the game as he began Saturday 32 points away from scoring 1,000 in his career. His 14 put him 18 away as he heads into his next contest, a home game against division rival Spring Grove.
"It is probably one of the more balanced games we have had in a while," Duffy said. "I love seeing tens across the board. I love when it is balanced."
Duffy spent much of the night battling foul trouble as he picked up two early fouls in the first half.
"It's tough. Every time I was in, I was in the flow of things," Duffy said. "We were really doing a good job of rotating the ball around. I wasn't really worried about myself, I was more worried about our team getting points on the board."
As far as the 1,000-point milestone, Duffy said, "The guys are talking about it a lot," he said. "I just want to get it over with."
Zach Wildasin and Wes Beans led the way for New Oxford with nine points apiece.
South Western opened the game with a 7-0 run, but New Oxford responded with a 7-0 run of its own, tying the game midway through the first quarter.
The Mustangs responded with a 9-0 run that carried into the second quarter and South Western never looked back.
"It feels great," McKercher said. "We just keep rolling. Our defense is stepping up a ton for us and it feels good."
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NEW OXFORD (38)
Slusser 0 1-2 1, Kibler 1 0-0 2, Trimmer 0 1-2 1, Starner 2 0-2 4, Beans 3 2-2 9, Wildasin 3 0-0 9, O'Brien 2 2-4 6, Decienti 2 0-0 6. Totals13 6-14 38.
SOUTH WESTERN (61)
Geiman 2 0-0 4, McMaster 0 1-2 1, Smith 1 0-0 3, Cook 4 0-2 8, Robinson 1 0-2 2, Spencer McKarcher 5 0-1 10, Parker Bean 6 1-3 14, Mike Duffy 5 2-2 14, Hess 2 0-1 5. Totals26 4-13 61.
New Oxford 7 10 11 10 -- 38
South Western 14 14 21 12 -- 61
3-point goals -- New Oxford 6 (Wildasin 3, Decienti 2, Beans 1); South Western 5 (Duffy 2, Hess, Bean, Smith).
JV score -- South Western, 32-18.