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Midgets split games to end week

ELC nearly upsets Spirit Lake

December 9, 2018
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

The Estherville Lincoln Central boys had a chance to upset Spirit Lake on Friday, but like the girls' game before, the Midgets missed some late free throws that could have put more pressure on the Indians.

Spirit Lake's big man Owen Coburn took over in the closing minutes and the Indians pulled out a 65-52 victory.

ELC had a 62-59 lead after two free throws by Izaak Sander put the Midgets up 62-59 with just over 2 minutes left in the game.

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However ELC twice missed the front end of a one-and-one opportunity at the free throw line. Meanwhile, Coburn scored the go-ahead basket with 1:05 left in the contest and then blocked Will Larson's drive on the other end. He then made two free throws with 19.8 seconds remaining to put Spirit Lake ahead three, 65-62. Larson's game-tying 3-point attempt the buzzer was just short, as the ball bounced off the front of the rim.

In the first quarter, ELC fell behind 19-9, but the Midgets kept making shots in the second quarter, scoring the last eight points of the half on 3-pointers from Alec Heifner and Parker Rowley and a pair of free throws from Seth Vaske to cut the deficit to 31-26.

ELC tied the game at 38-38 on a 3-pointer by Vaske, but didn't take their first lead until late in the third period. Blake Miller faked a shot from the left corner and got Coburn in the air, allowing Miller to drive past him for the layup for a 47-46 ELC lead. However Coburn answered on the other end to give the Indians a 48-47 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

Larson hit a 3-pointer to start the fourth quarter and a seesaw battle ensued the rest of the game, ending in the final scenario.

Larson led ELC with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting while Heifner had 15 points, Sander had 12, Parker Rowley had six, Vaske had five and Miller, Briar Rowley and Brian Egeland each had two points. Heifner had five rebounds and Sander had three assists.

Coburn finished with 33 points and 17 rebounds.

ELC (1-4 overall, 0-2 in the Lakes Conference) travels to LeMars on Tuesday.

ELC cruises past NU?for first win

ARMSTRONG - The Estherville Lincoln Central boys jumped out to a 12-0 against North Union and earned their first win of the season with a 67-22 victory over the Warriors on Thursday.

ELC led 19-9 after the first period, stretching the game to a 39-15 lead by halftime and 59-22 after three quarters. A running clock started late in the third via the 35-point rule.

Will Larson led ELC with 20 points including three of the Midgets' eight 3-pointers in the contest. The sophomore guard was able to break down the Warrior defense on drives to the basket.

Alec Heifner and Izaak Sander each finished with 10 points while Jacob Jensen, Brian Egeland and Blake Miller each had five points. Parker Rowley and Seth Vaske each had three points and Chase Olson had two.

Elliott Hagebock led North Union with eight points while Braden Pierce had seven, Noah Morphew had three and Brendan Anderson and R.J. Hargrove each had two.



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