E’Hawks Pull Off Stunner At Spencer
SPENCER – After a bitter loss to LeMars last Friday night, Coach Mike Brennan’s E’Hawks were not in a mood to be trifled with. The Spencer Tigers found that out on Tuesday night as Emmetsburg went to the Fieldhouse in Spencer and hustled to escape with a 54-52 upset win over the tenth-ranked Tigers.
The victory gives Emmetsburg an 8-7 mark in the Lakes and 11-8 overall mark as they look to close out the season Friday night by hosting Spirit Lake in a boys doubleheader.
The E’Hawks faced a full court press right out of the box by the Tigers and lots of bodies in the paint. That forced a shooters duel in the first quarter, as the scoring came from the oustide. The Tigers would take an 18-17 lead to end the first quarter, an indication of things to come.
Every point scored in the second quarter was bought and paid for, as the defense by both teams put scoring at a premium. However, the E’Hawks would manage one more bucket than the Tigers to post a 31-30 lead at the intermission.
If the defense was tough in the first half of the contest, the second contest was even stronger. A total of 15 points were scored in the third quarter, with Emmetsburg tallying eight and the Tigers scoring just seven points as both teams went after each other defensively just as hard as they could.
With Emmetsburg holding the slim 39-37 lead to start the final quarter, the battle lines were clearly defined and everyone knew the game would come down to a final possession.
Through the fourth quarter, both teams traded buckets, and the E’Hawks were able to squeeze just a little tighter at times to allow themselves to edge out to a 49-43 lead with 3:00 to play in the game, but Spencer quickly grabbed a pair of free throws to cut the E’Hawk lead to 49-45.
The teams continued to battle with great deliberation, working for the shots and hustling on defense as the clock steadily ticked down.
With just :11.5 to go, Emmetsburg held a two-point, 54-52 lead as Trevor Dettmann was fouled. Looking at a one-and-one, Dettmann’s shot bounced off the rim and the Tigers got the rebound and called a time out with :06 to go to set up the last shot. Spencer got the shot they wanted, a three-pointer by Taylor Chapman, with :01 to go. The shot banked off the glass, circled the rim and started to dip down but spun out as the buzzer sounded and the Fieldhouse erupted in celebration by the E’Hawks and their fans.
For Emmetsburg, Trevor Dettmann led the way with 17 points, while Brett Wollum added 15 and Langston Jones chipped in 12 points. Ryan Wuebker had four points, while Tyler Kliegl and Jack Geelan both added three points.
Ryan Wuebker and Trevor Dettmann both grabbed six boards, while Langston Jones had two steals and Brett Wollum dished out five assists.
The E’Hawks connected on 15 of 24 shots in the arc, or 63 percent shooting, while Spencer hit 19 of 36, 53 percent.
From the three, the E’Hawks had six of 21 for 29 percent and Spencer hit two of 18 tries for 11 percent. At the line, the E’Hawks made six of 11 shots for 55 percent and Spencer hit eight of 14, for 57 percent.
“This was a nice one to get,” commented E’Hawk Coach Mike Brennan. “The defense really stepped up when we needed to and played well.”
The E’Hawks will host Spirit Lake this Friday evening.