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E’Hawks Struggle Offensively At Spirit Lake

By Staff | Jan 10, 2008

SPIRIT LAKE – A dismal night of shooting and the quickness of the Spirit Lake Indians combined to give Emmetsburg a 29-61 loss in Lakes Conference boys basketball play Tuesday night. Emmetsburg falls to 3-5 in the Lakes with the loss, and 6-6 overall on the season.

For Emmetsburg, the game started with a little adversity, as Head Coach Mike Brennan was not on the bench due to illness that struck him earlier in the day. Assistant Coach Phil Geelan and Freshman Coach Jeff Brennan stepped up to challenge as the E’Hawks tried to rally their emotions for the matchup.

Spirit Lake started the game out with a full-court press on the E’Hawks, making it tough for Emmetsburg to get established into an offensive rhythm of any type. The Indians were able to force some steals and with long passes and good speed, pulled away to a 16-11 lead at the end of the first frame.

The Indians had the shooter’s touch in the first half, while the E’Hawks struggled to get shots off or shots to fall. In the second quarter, Emmetsburg’s lone points came from a three-point field goal by Jack Geelan as the Indians took a 27-14 lead at the intermission.

The E’Hawks’ fortunes didn’t change in the second half, as buckets were few and far between in the third period. While Spirit Lake had moved into a half-court defense, the quickness of the Indians continued to plague the E’Hawks through the quarter.

Trailing by a bakers’ dozen, 36-23 to start the final quarter, Emmetsburg continued to try and get off good shots, but when the opportunities arose, they were seldom rewarded with points from the attempts.

As the game wound down, Geelan sent the bench players in to finish out the contest with the 61-29 loss.

Emmetsburg got seven points on the night from Trevor Dettmann and Langston Jones. Jack Geelan added six points to the effort, while Tyler Kliegl came away with four points. Nick Wuebker came off the bench to tall three points and Ryan Wuebker added a bucket for two points.

Defensively, Ryan Wuebker would pull down six rebounds, while Langston Jones made two steals. Trevor Dettmann and Ryan Wuebker each blocked two shots, and Brett Wollum dished out three assists to his teammates in the loss.

As a team, the E’Hawks connected on just seven of 23 shots from inside the arc for 30 percent shooting, while making four of 17 from outside the arc, or 24 percent shooting. At the charity stripe, the E’Hawks made three of their five attempts for 60 percent.

The E’Hawks have little time to re-group and re-focus before they journey to Cherokee on Friday.