E’Hawks Claim Pair Of League Wins
Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks collected a pair of Lakes Conference victories late last week, earning wins over Estherville Lincoln Central and Sheldon. The wins improve Coach Mike Brennan’s club to 7-6 in the league and 9-8 overall on the season as the tournament trail approaches.
On Thursday, the E’Hawks traveled to Estherville for a make-up game with the Midgets that was postponed from Jan. 18. The E’Hawks had a battle on their hands to start out on Thursday, but would come up with a good defensive effort in the final quarter to post a 47-36 win over the Midgets.
Emmetsburg started the game slowly, as the Midgets got out to an early start and led 13-8 after one quarter. The E’Hawks struggled to get their offense flowing, but in the second quarter, came back to take a one-point, 20-19 lead at the intermission.
ELC would come back in the third quarter, however, duplicating the first quarter effort to outscore the E’Hawks and take a 32-28 lead to start the final quarter. But Emmetsburg wasn’t ready to concede anything.
The E’Hawks battled away, and Brett Wollum and Jack Geelan combined for three straight three-pointers to tie the game at 36-36 with just under 4:00 to play in the game. From that point, the E’Hawks took over the momentum of the contest. Tyler Kliegl would come up with a pair of buckets on successive possessions and then added a pair of free throws with :38 to go to help slide the game out of reach. Trevor Dettmann added a pair of charity tosses with less than :10 to go to ice the 47-36 win as the E’Hawks held the Midgets scoreless for the final 3:38 of the game.
Trevor Dettmann came away with 16 points, while Brett Wollum added 10 points. Tyler Kliegl accounted for eight points, with Jack Geelan scoring six points. Langston Jones has four points, with Ryan Wuebker adding two points and Tommy Kuecker knocking down a free throw.
The following evening, the E’Hawks returned home to host Sheldon and recorded a 63-48 win over the Orabs.
Once again, Emmetsburg would trail at the end of the first quarter, 13-10, but in the second period, the E’Hawks turned on the defense and made their offense work to take the lead and a 30-23 advantage at the intermission.
In the second half, the E’Hawks continued to play good defense, as they were able to clean the glass against the Orabs on both ends of the court. Emmetsburg held a 42-39 lead at the end of the third quarter, but in the final quarter, broke the game open to post the 63-48 victory.
Trevor Dettmann racked up the double-double for the E’Hawks with 18 points and 15 rebounds in the win. Brett Wollum added 18 points as well, while Jack Geelan chipped in 11 points. Tyler Kliegl tossed in nine points, with Ryan Wuebker adding four points and 11 rebounds to the effort. Langston Jones scored two points and Scott Smith came off the bench to add a free throw.
Defensively, Langston Jones dished out four assists, while Tyler Kliegl and Brett Wollum both handed out three helpers each to their teammates.
The E’Hawks made 18 of 37 shots from inside the arc, 49percent accuracy, and knocked down five three-pointers out of 15 shots for 33 percent. At the line, Emmetsburg made 12 of 22 shots for 54 percent.
“This was probably the best defensive game we’ve played all season,” noted Head Coach Mike Brennan. “We held Sheldon scoreless for 5:00 in the final quarter, so you know the defense was playing very, very well.”
Emmetsburg takes a rare Tuesday night off and then returns to Lakes Conference play this coming Friday night when they make the long road trip to LeMars.