Emmetsburg's Junior Varsity boys basketball team started the second half of their season with a 1-2 mark after three games. Coach Phil Geelan's E-Hawks lost a 57-28 game at Hull Western Christian on Jan. 3, but came back to defeat Manson Northwest Webster on Thursday, Jan. 5, by a 43-38 tally. But on Friday, the young E-Hawks came up short in a 39-31 loss to Spirit Lake. Emmetsburg has a record of 4-6 on the season after the week's slate of games.
At Hull on Tuesday, Emmetsburg led 9-8 at the end of the first quarter, but Western Christian came out to take the lead and slip out to a 25-16 advantage at the intermission. In the third quarter, Western Christian held Emmetsburg to just six points while easing out to a 43-22 advantage and then went on to hand the young E-Hawks the 57-28 loss.
Michael Pugh would lead Emmetsburg's offense with an 11-point night, while Mike Myers tallied seven points. Aaron Bird added five points, while Joe Jackson came up with three points and Tate Kizzier chipped in two points.
Emmetsburg made just seven of 26 shots from the floor, two of eight from outside the arc, and eight of their 14 attempts at the charity stripe in the contest. The E-Hawks collected 21 rebounds and three steals, but committed 18 turnovers against the aggressive pressure defense of the Wolfpack.
In Thursday's contest, Emmetsburg would lead 19-14 at the intermission and never looked back on their way to the 43-38 win over the Cougars of Manson Northwest Webster.
Mike Myers would lead the scoring with a 12-point game, while Michael Pugh tallied nine points. Erik Drost chipped in eight points, with Brandon Elbert scoring seven points. Aaron Bird added four points and Tate Kizzier added three points.
The E-Hawks made 10 of 26 shots from the field and six of eight from the three-point arc, along with three of nine free throws. Emmetsburg grabbed 17 rebounds and five steals, committing 16 turnovers in the game.
But on Friday night, Spirit Lake would take a 21-16 lead at the intermission and held on for the 39-31 victory over the E-Hawks.
Austin Krause would lead Emmetsburg's efforts with 11 points, while Erik Drost and Michael Pugh both added five point efforts. Brandon Elbert score four points, with Mike Myers and Joe Jackson both scoring three points.