After Heartbreaking Loss On Monday
Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks shook off a heart-breaking two-point loss on Monday night to Sheldon to earn their first Lakes Conference victory of the season Tuesday night. Emmetsburg came up with an outstanding defensive game to record a 64-46 win over Storm Lake.
The win improves Emmetsburg to 3-8 overall on the yar and 1-8 in the league after Tuesday’s action.
“Man, is it nice to get that first conference win,”?Emmetsburg Head Coach Mike Brennan said.
After losing a hard-fought contest by two points on Monday, the E’Hawks were ready to come out battling in Storm Lake on Tuesday and that’s what they did. Emmetsburg came out and made some good defensive stops to open the contest ant took a 19-11 lead at the end of the first quarter,
Emmetsburg’s defense began to crank on the pressure in the second quarter, holding the Tornadoes to six points in the second frame, while on the offensive end of the court, the E’Hawks added 15 points to their tally to take a 34-17 lead at the half-time break.
The stingy defense continued in the second half, with Emmetsburg allowing Storm Lake to score 10 points, while they equalled the output for a 44-27 advantage to start the final quarter.
Both teams would trade buckets in the final eight minutes of play but Emmetsburg had a comfortable cushion to ride to the 64-46 win.
Three E’Hawks were in double figures on the offense, with Nick Wuebker leading the way with 19 points. Langston Jones added 15 points and Trevor Dettmann added 12 points. Tyler Kliegl scored seven points, while Tommy Kuecker had six points and Kyle Elbert chipped up with four points.
The E’Hawks hit 56 percent of their shots, making 22 of 39 from the floor, and sinking 20 of 32 free throws, 62 percent accuracy.
The E’Hawks collected a total of 41 rebounds in the contest, compared with Storm Lake’s 26 rebounds.
On Monday night, the E’Hawks saw their hopes for a win over Sheldon tick away when the clock expired as a shot was taken that would have tied the game. Instead, Sheldon escaped with a 45-43 win over the E’Hawks in a make up game from December.
Emmetsburg would run into early foul trouble against the Orabs, and wouldn’t score for almost the first four minutes of the game. But, the E’Hawks managed to narrow the deficit to 14-10 at the end of the first quarter.
Fouls and shooting woes continued for the E’Hawks in the second quarter, as Emmetsburg watched Langston Jones and Tommy Kuecker both pick up their third fouls before the half as the E’Hawks trailed 24-19 at the break.
The third quarter was a battle in every sense of the word for both teams. The E’Hawks put forth a great defensive effort from the first possession of the quarter and made several big stops on the Orabs, while hitting shots and cutting their deficit to take the lead at 33-30 when the quarter ended.
The two teams would trade buckets and possessions down the stretch as the clock ticked down, but Sheldon was able to tie the score at 43-43 with :30 to go in the contest, and after getting the ball back on a bad pass, the Orabs worked for the final shot. Andy Dykstra would put up a shot with :02 to go that gave Sheldon a 45-43 lead.
Emmetsburg called a quick timeout and set up a final play. The final shot came from Nick Wuebker just off the side of the lane that went in as the horn was blaring, but the officials ruled the shot left Wuebker’s hand as the horn blew and waved off the basket for the heartbreaking loss.
Nick Wuebker would lead the E’Hawks with 12 points on the night, while Trevor Dettmann added 10 points. Langston Jones and Tyler Kliegl both came away with eight points, while Kyle Elbert added three markers and Tommy Kuecker had a bucket for two points.
Emmetsburg shot 16 of 35 from inside two-point land for 46 percent shooting and made three of 12 treys for 25 percent accuracy. At the line, Emmetsburg canned two of seven shots, while Sheldon made five of 11 free throws.
The E’Hawks collected 22 rebounds to Sheldon’s 29 boards, but committed 14 turnovers to Sheldon’s 19.
The E’Hawks will play host to Estherville Lincoln Central on Friday night before they travel to Hull on Tuesday, Jan. 27, to take on Western Christian.