While Graettinger has traditionally hosted a boys basketball jamboree the Friday after Thanksgiving, Estherville Lincoln Central played the role of host this season.
Fans got a look at six teams from around the area with each pair playing one half of basketball.
The Midgets played in the nightcap losing to Bishop Garrigan 45-37. It was the highest scoring two halves of basketball of the evening. North Iowa won the opener 33-17 over Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn and Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire outscored Clay Central-Everly 34-16 in the middle game.
ELC’s Matt Burrell shoots over a Bishop Garrigan defender as the Midgets hosted a preseason jamboree Friday in Estherville.
EDN photo by David Swartz
In ELC's matchup, Adam Reiter and Evan Hansen opened the game with a pair of three-pointers to give ELC a 6-0 lead, but the Golden Bears scored the next eight points.
After two free throws by Carsten Bosch tied the game at 8-8, the visitors took the lead for good on a three-pointer by Adam Hamilton.
Garrigan's David Klein later hit a basket at the end of the first 8-minutes for an 18-11 lead.
ELC stayed close in the second period, but could never quite catch up.
Garrigan's John Burns did the bulk of the damage scoring 13 of his team's final 20 points-mostly by pulling up and hitting jumpers on a fast break.
ELC did well to get to the free throw line and hit 19-of-29. Garrigan was 11-of-17.
Both teams had two 3-pointers.
ELC had 11 players reach the scoring column led by Matt Burrell with eight while Bosch and Tyler Swanson each had six, Joe Heinrichs had four, Reiter and Hansen each had three, Clay Tredway and Brad Olsen each had two and Derek Nieland, Justin Heinrichs and David Hughes each had one point.
Estherville Lincoln Central opens the regular season with a home game against Harris-Lake Park on Tuesday.
GT/RA vs. CC-E
The Titans and the Mavericks stayed close for the most of the first quarter. Austin Dyer scored seven of the team's first nine points as the Titans trailed 10-9. But then Marcus Girres hit consecutive three-pointers at the end of the period to give GT/RA a 15-10 lead.
He then hit a third trey to start the second period and the Titans just kept pull away as the Mavericks struggled to score.
Dyer finished with 11 points while Marcus Girres had nine, Noah Stukey had seven, Michael Girres had four and Trevor Hagedorn had three.
GT/RA opens the season at home in Ruthven against West Bend-Mallard on Tuesday.