E’Hawk Cagers Earn Split
Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks came out the gates well for their first game after the holiday layoff, but dropped a Lakes Conference matchup on Friday night in boys basketball action.
The E’Hawks claimed a 57-47 win over the Cougars of Manson-Northwest Webster on thursday, but fell to the hot-shooting Spencer Tigers on Friday by a 64-49 final tally. The split gives the E’Hawks a mark of 3-4 in league play and 6-5 overall on the season.
Coach Mike Brennan’s E’Hawks took a 18-10 lead at the end of the first quarter in Thursday’s non-conference matchup, but played to a 26-26 tie at the break. In the third quarter, Manson managed to take a one-point, 39-38 lead over the E’Hawks. However, Emmetsburg’s defense held firm in the final quarter to record the 57-47 win.
For the E’Hawks, Trevor Dettmann led the scoring with 15 points and Brett Wollum added 12 points, while Tommy Kuecker, Tyler Kliegl and Langston Jones all tallied eight points each. Ryan Wuebker would score seven points while Nick Wuebker added five points and Jack Geelan added two points.
On Friday night, the E’Hawks entertained the Tigers of Spencer but ran into the strong shooting of the Tigers in a 64-49 loss.
The first quarter of Friday’s matchup was an outstanding defensive battle, as both teams put up nearly inpenetrable defense that resulted in a 4-4 score at the end of the first quarter of play. The second quarter looked to be a repeat of the first, but suddenly Spencer found a shooting touch and quickly jumped out to a 20 point, 38-18 lead over the E’Hawks at the intermission.
Emmetsburg came out of the locker room in the second half and tried to be more patient on the offense, but Spencer continued to score on almost every possession, However, the E’Hawk defense limited Spencer’s shots in the quarter, while the offense tried to get back into the game.
Trailing 49-30 to start the final quarter, the E’Hawks continued to try and be patient on the offense, but Spencer’s offense was not to be denied. The Tigers would continue to score in the final quarter, and went on to claim the 64-49 win.
For Emmetsburg, Brett Wollum would lead the E’Hawks with 19 points, while Trevor Dettmann added 11 points. Ryan Wuebker came away with seven points and Langston Jones added five points. Tyler Kliegl scored three points, with Jack Geelan and Tommy Kuecker both adding two points to the final tally.
Ryan Wuebker would grab seven rebounds, while Trevor Dettmann came away with five boards. Jack Geelan dished out five assists, Ryan Wuebker blocked two shots and Langston Jones made three steals.
The E’Hawks have little time to shake off the loss as they resume the Lakes Conference schedule in earnest with a trip to Spirit Lake tonight (Tuesday) and then make the long road trip to Cherokee on Friday.