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Emmetsburg JV Boys Fall At Spencer

By Staff | Feb 14, 2008

SPENCER – A poor night of shooting would hamper Emmetsburg’s Junior Varsity boys basketball team last Tuesday. The young E’Hawks lost a 35-32 heartbreaker to Spencer on Feb. 5 to fall to .500 on the season with an 8-8 mark.

The was a slow starting affair, with both the E’Hawks and the Tigers struggling to find the net in the opening quarter of play. When the first period ended, Emmetsburg led by a point, 7-6. The shooting woes continued for both teams in the second quarter, as Spencer would take a lead at the intermission, leading Emmetsburg by a pair, 16-14.

It was the third quarter that would prove to be Emmetsburg’s Achilles heel. The young E’Hawks simply couldn’t find the bucket in the quarter, as they managed to score just one field goal in the quarter, while Spencer added a eight points to their tally for a 24-18 lead over the E’Hawks.

After some soul-searching between quarters, the E’Hawks were able to make their offense work a little better in the final quarter. Emmetsburg would come out and score 14 points in the final frame, while Spencer fought to put 11 markers on the board, but Emmetsburg simply ran out of time in their rally attempt to come up short in the 35-32 final score.

For Emmetsburg, the offense was led by Nick Wuebker’s double-double, with 19 points and 11 rebounds on the night. Langston Jones came up with five points, while Ben Pezler chipped in four points. Nate Brown and Tommy Kuecker rounded out the effort with two points each.

The shooting woes were sorely apparent in the E’Hawks’ stats, as they hit just one of 14 attempts from outside the three-point arc, and made just 13 of 29 shots from two-point range.

However, Emmetsburg’s defense managed to out-rebound the Tigers by 10 boards, helping to keep the E’Hawks in the game despite the cold shooting.

“We had plenty of chances to win the game but just could not convert turnovers or make the shots in our offensive sets,” noted Coach Phil Geelan. “You hate to lose a game like this, and especially when you get so close at the end.”