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E’Hawks Edged By Pioneers In Overtime

By Staff | Dec 23, 2008

WATCH THE BALL - Emmetsburg’s Tyler Kliegl concentrates on the ball as Okoboji’s Ryan Wurtz looks for a passing lane during play last Thursday night. Kliegl would score 10 points in Emmetsburg’s 45-43 overtime loss. -- Dan Voigt photo

An overtime game is always hard to lose, and it’s even tougher to lose when you’ve led most of regulation play. Such was the case for Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks Thursday night when they hosted Okoboji to end the first half of their season.

Emmetsburg would be edged, 45-43 by the Pioneers to slip to 1-5 overall on the year and 0-3 in Lakes Conference Play going into the holiday break.

After not playing since a tough loss at Estherville Lincoln Central nearly a week earlier, the E’Hawks got off to a somewhat sluggish start, but Okoboji also struggled getting shots to fall, and the two teams would battle evenly through the first quarter, with Emmetsburg taking a 12-10 lead at the end of the quarter.

Struggles with rebounds from the first quarter seemed to resolve themselves in the second frame for the E’Hawks, as they began hitting the boards hard, getting some putbacks, but Okoboji refused to go away, even after not being able to score for the first 4:00 of the quarter, and then battled back to trail by a 21-20 margin at the intermission.

The second half of the contest would be a continuation of the second quarter, as both teams continued to battle bucket for bucket, but neither team could take an advantage of more than a bucket or two, as Okoboji would slip out to a 35-34 advantage to start the final quarter.

Both clubs continued to slug it out, with physical play on both ends of the court, but it was the E’Hawks who were getting behind the eight-ball. Emmetsburg began to find itself in foul trouble in the late stages of the fourth quarter, but Emmetsburg managed to tie the game up at 41-41 and Okoboji missed a last shot attempt that gave the ball back to Emmetsburg, but Tyler Kliegl’s shot fell off the rim at the horn to force the extrar period.

Emmetsburg would get one bucket in the final 4:00 of play, but Okoboji would use free throws to slip out from Emmetsburg to record the 45-43 victory.

For the E’Hawks, Langston Jones would lead the effort with 14 points while Trevor Dettmann added 13 points. Tyler Kliegl came up with 10 points, while Nick Wuebker rounded out the effort with six.

Trevor Dettmann would pull down 10 rebounds in the contest for the double-double, while Langston Jones dished out five assists. Nick Wuebker blocked two shots and Cory Schultes came off the bench to make a pair of steals.

The disparity came at the line, where Emmetsburg made one of three shots and Okoboji connected on 11 of 20 opportunities.