E’Hawks Back To .500 After Win Over LeMars
It came down to the wire but the Emmetsburg E’Hawks got an early Christmas present in a 60-54 win over LeMars on Friday, Dec. 21. The win evened the E’Hawks at 3-3 in the Lakes and 4-4 overall on the season as they entered the holiday break.
Emmetsburg jumped out to an early 12-8 lead over the visiting Bulldogs of LeMars as they played a very patient offensive game in the opening stages of the contest. Emmetsburg was able to control the glass on both ends of the court, and carried the rebounding advantage into the second quarter, where they continued to clean the backboards and score almost at will. With shots falling and the defense playing solidly, at the half the E’Hawks held a 31-17 advantage and all looked rosy.
But in the second half, LeMars came out as a different team. The Bulldogs became much more physical as the half began, and were soon cutting into Emmetsburg’s rebounding advantage at both ends of the floor. The E’Hawks were stymied on the offensive end of the floor as LeMars cut into the lead, literally clawing and fighting their way back into the contest.
With Emmetsburg’s lead reduced to a 47-33 advantage to start the final quarter, everyone in the Emmetsburg gym knew the game would get a lot closer in score before the contest ended.
LeMars kept whittling away at Emmetsburg’s lead, with lots of collisions and rolling around on the floor for loose basketball’s. The E’Hawk lead slowly seeped away until LeMars cut the margin to five points, 56-51, with 1:00 to go.
A free throw by the Bulldogs cut the lead to four at 56-52, but after a missed shot by LeMars with :27 to go, Emmetsburg got the ball into the hands of Brett Wollum, who put up a shot, only to be fouled. Wollum drained the one-and-one for a 58-52 lead with :12 to go.
LeMars quickly got a bucket for a 58-54 tally, but Emmetsburg got a final chance and trip to the line when Jack Geelan was hacked with :05 to go.
The senior calmly stepped to the charity stripe, took aim and dropped both shots into the hoop, putting Emmetsburg up by the 60-54 margin with not enough time for the Bulldogs to come up with any miracles.
Emmetsburg got balanced scoring on the night with three players in double figures. Trevor Dettmann had the double-double once again, scoring 16 points and snagging 10 rebounds, while Jack Geelan tallied 14 points and Brett Wollum added 13 points.
Ryan Wuebker added eight points and Langston Jones came off the bench to tally eight points in the effort. The E’Hawks got nine three-pointers in the win, with Jack Geelan hitting four shots, Ryan Wuebker adding three and Langston Jones canning a pair of long balls.
Tyler Kliegl had a solid defensive outing, as he blocked two shots, made four steals and handed out five assists in the win.
Emmetsburg connected on 13 of 30 shots from inside the arc, 43 percent, and made nine of 17 from outside the arc, 53 percent, along with seven of 11 free throws for 64 percent accuracy.
The E’Hawks will return to action with a non-conference contest on Thursday, Jan. 3 when they play host to the Cougars of Manson Northwest Webster at the Emmetsburg High School gym.