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ELC 63, GT/RA 48 Midgets up pace to beat Titans

December 23, 2018
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

TERRIL - For the second game in a row, the Estherville Lincoln Central boys started slowly, but persevered on the way to a 63-48 victory over Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire on Thursday.

After trailing 14-9 after the first quarter, ELC worked its way back into the game. A 3-pointer by Will Larson near the end of the half put ELC up 30-29 at the break.

However, ELC coach Nick Gruhlke wasn't happy with his team's effort in the first half. After a locker room speech, the Midgets came out fired up and out-scored the hosts 22-8 to put the game out of reach.

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ELC was strong on the boards throughout the game, totaling 40 rebounds including 15 on the offensive end. Blake Miller contributed a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds for the squad.

Larson finished with 15 points five rebounds and two assists. Izaak Sander finished with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range to go along with five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

GT/RA did a good job of stopping Alec Heifner's drive to the baskets, as the senior was held to three points, but he led ELC with three assists. Sophomore Matt Christensen provided a spark off the bench with six points, three rebounds, an assist, a steal and a blocked shot in limited minutes in the second half. Parker Rowley and Seth Vaske each finished with four points while Briar Rowley hit a 3-pointer and Brian Egeland had two points.

Meanwhile, the Titans struggled to connect on their shots after the first quarter.

Tommy Geelan finished with a game-high 21 points with Chris Conlon scoring 11 while Tyson Kruse had seven, Kadin Norris had five and Koy Bakken and Cameron Johnson each had two.

GT/RA (4-4 overall) returns to action on Jan. 4 at Manson-Northwest Webster.

ELC (3-7 overall) will go on the road against Pocahontas Area on Thursday, Jan. 3 before hosting Spencer on Jan. 4.



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