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Spencer holds on to defeat ELC

Tigers use advantage at the free throw line

February 3, 2019
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

SPENCER - Trailing by three entering the fourth quarter, 36-33, the Estherville Lincoln Central boys had a chance at defeating Spencer on Friday. However, the Tigers made their free throws down the stretch to preserve a 57-51 victory.

Spencer had a 16-point advantage at the free throw line, making 27-of-39 compared to ELC's 11-of-16, which proved to be the difference in the game. The Tigers were 14-of-21 from the charity stripe in the first half alone.

ELC started well, taking a 12-9 lead in the first quarter. However, the shots stopped falling in the second quarter, as Spencer took a 24-19 lead at the break.

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ELC battled back within a point a couple times during the third period, but couldn't retake the lead.

Seth Vaske hit a 3-pointer to start the fourth quarter to tie the game at 36-36. But Spencer responded with a 9-2 run. ELC twice got within a point, once at 48-47 after an Izaak Sander 3-pointer and then at 50-49 after a pair of free throws by Parker Rowley. Again, Spencer came up with the plays down the stretch to get the win.

The Midgets had eight players contribute in the scoring column led by Alec Heifner, Sander and Brian Egeland each with eight points while Will Larson had seven, Matt Christensen and Ryan Schiltz each had six points, Vaske had five and Rowley had three. Heifner had five assists and two steals while Christensen led ELC with four rebounds.

ELC (4-16 overall, 0-11 in the Lakes Conference) wraps up the regular season at home against Storm Lake on Tuesday.



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