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ELC earns second win

Midgets, E’Hawks combine to shoot 78 free throws

January 10, 2016
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

EMMETSBURG - Estherville Lincoln Central went into Emmetsburg and took its second victory from an E'Hawk team that had won its last three games.

It wasn't a pretty game. The two teams combined to shoot 78 free throws on the night, but ELC came out on top 62-54.

While ELC had several players with two or three fouls, the Midgets ended up taking more free throws then their hosts, making 28-of-47 from the foul line while the E'Hawks were 17-of-31.

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"We told the guys going in it was going to be a scrappy game," said ELC coach Tyler Shipley. "We made our free throws when it counted. The seniors stepped up and led us to this victory."

Shipley was pleased with his team's efforts in protecting the ball, finishing with 12 turnovers compared to 22 by the E'Hawks.

"I talked with (Emmetsburg) Coach Bill Geelan before the game and both our teams have been struggling with turnovers," said Shipley. "I told the guys let's win that turnover battle tonight."

While ELC jumped out to a 9-0 lead, the Midgets were unable to capitalize on early opportunities to stretch the lead even further. The Midgets led 10-4 after one quarter of play.

Emmetsburg struggled to make a field goal and its first six points were all from the free throw line. But when they did finally make a shot from the field, ELC led just 14-8.

ELC point guard Jack Brashear had the hot hand from long range in the first half. He hit three 3-pointers giving ELC a 24-16 lead near the end of the half. However, Emmetsburg scored the final two baskets of the second quarter to trail just 24-20 at the break.

ELC continued to struggle to pull away from the E'Hawks in the second half. ELC led by as many as 10, 37-27, after a free throw by Kyle DeVary, but Emmetsburg scored the next six points and ELC led 38-33 to start the final period.

Emmetsburg scored the first two baskets of the fourth to get within a point, 38-37, But ELC put together a 9-0 run started by a basket by Trevor Friesner followed by two free throws from Alex Miller, a 3-pointer by Trey Jacobson and a basket by Bryce Mann to lead 43-37 with 4:17 remaining.

Emmetsburg fought back within three points down the stretch, but Miller iced the game at the free throw line.

DeVary led ELC with 16 points while Miller finished with 15 including 11-of-12 from the foul line. Mann finished with a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds while Brashear had 10 points, Jacobson had four and Friesner had two.

ELC (2-8 overall) is on the road against Jackson County Central tonight. The Midgets are home Thursday against Newell-Fonda.



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