Emmetsburg's E-Hawks fell victim to in-county rival West Bend-Mallard Gilmore City-Bradgate in a non-conference tilt Monday night. The Wolverines used the three-point ball and smothering defense to escape with a 52-49 win over the E-Hawks.
Emmetsburg would take an early 11-9 lead after the opening quarter, but the Wolverines took over for a 30-26 lead at the break. The E-Hawks would retake the lead 40-37 at the end of the third frame, but some clutch shots down the stretch gave WBM/GCB the 52-49 win.
For WBM/GCB, Jesse Zinnel led the way with 17 points, while Jordan Buhs added 14, Jason Zinnel scored 13 and Brady Jensen chipped in four points.
For Emmetsburg, Jake Jackson would crank out 22 points, while Erik Drost tallied 12 and Austin Krause chipped in 11 points. Michael Pugh rounded out the effort with four points for the E-Hawks.
The tournament trail begins Monday night, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. in Sioux Rapids as the E-Hawks take on Sioux Central.
WBM/GCB?starts tourney play on Thursday, Feb. 14, at Pocahontas Area against the Indians at 7 p.m.