If Estherville Lincoln Central hadn't dug a 20-point deficit, the Midgets may have given visiting Forest City a run for its money.
ELC cut that deficit to 11 points before falling 66-50 to the visitors. The performance was an improvement from the season opener against Harris-Lake Park on Tuesday.
"I think we made a stand as a basketball team in the second half," said ELC coach York Plagge. "The first two quarters seemed like an extension of Tuesday's games. But our defensive intensity was up, we rebounded better and we moved the ball."
Tucker Milburn (34) races ahead of the pack for a layup.
EDN photo by David Swartz
The first quarter is where Forest City made its mark, jumping out to a 19-4 lead.
ELC began battling back in the second quarter to stay within range. Matt Burrell converted a 3-point play, Adam Reiter hit a pair of 3-pointers, Tucker Milburn chipped in four points and Derek Nieland had a putback, but ELC trailed 41-21 at the break.
ELC began its run in the third quarter holding the visitors to nine points. Adam Reiter hit a pair of 3-pointers as ELC made a small dent, trailing 50-33 to start the final frame.
Joe Heinrichs came off the bench in the fourth quarter and hit two more treys and Burrell made two drives to the basket to cut the deficit to 56-45.
A 3-pointer by Evan Hansen kept the deficit at 11, 59-48 as did a basket by Tyler Swanson at 61-50. But the Indians closed out the game with five free throws in the final minute when ELC began to foul.
Reiter led ELC with 12 points while Burrell finished with nine. Heinrichs had six points, Hansen had five, Swanson, Nieland and Milburn each had four, and Carsten Bosch, David Hughes and Brad Olsen each had two points.
After 10 turnovers in the first half, ELC finished with 15 for the game.
Forest City had a big advantage at the free throw line going 23-for-28 compared to 1-for-5 for ELC.
The Indians also had a rebounding edge, 33-25. Burrell led ELC with 10 rebounds.
ELC (0-2 overall) travels to Graettinger to face Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire this evening. Game time will be around 7 p.m.