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E’Hawks Come Up With Pair Of Wins

By Staff | Feb 12, 2009

BEAT?THE?DEFENSE - E’Hawk Langston Jones surprised three Spencer defenders for an uncontested jumper in Tuesday’s 62-59 win over the Tigers. Jones was one of four E’Hawks scoring in double figures with 17 points. -- Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks collected a pair of victories , including an upset win Tuesday night over old rival Spencer.

On Monday, the E’Hawks ventured outside the conference to defeat North Sentral Kossuth in a 61-43 contest at Fenton.

Then on Tuesday, the E’Hawks kept their composure and never quit fighting to take a thrilling 62-59 win over the Spencer Tigers.

The wins give Emmetsburg an 8-12 overall mark and 4-11 Lakes Conference mark.

Against North Sentral Kossuth on Monday, he E’Hawks had to battle the height of the Eagles during the first quarter, but once Emmesburg found its offense, the Eagles struggled to counteract the E’Hawks.

Emmetsburg posted a 14-10 lead after one quarter, but held the Eagles to five points in the second quarter to take a 28-15 lead at the half-time break.

Emmetsburg’s defense continued to play well in the second half, limiting the Eagles to six points in the third quarter, while the E’Hawks increased their lead to a 41-21 tally.

With a 20 point cushion to start the second half, the E’Hawks were able to get the reserves into the game to gain some experience as Emmetsburg went on to post the 61-43 final margin of victory.

Trevor Dettmann would lead the scoring with 20 points, while Nick Wuebker got the double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Tyler Kliegl added 11 points and four steals, while Langston Jones had six points. Tommy Kuecker, Cory Schultes and Steven Heddinger all added two points to the effort.

Returning home for Parents Night on Tuesday, the E’Hawks and Spencer resumed their old rivalry and played evenly through the first half, with Emmetsburg trying to be patient and deliberate on the offense, only to see the Tigers take a 41-33 lead at the intermission.

The second half would see Spencer seem to be able to score at will at times, but the E’Hawks refused to concede anything, and stayed within striking distance, trailing 55-48 to start the final quarter.

Remaining deliberate on offense and working for the open shot, Emmetsburg gradually chipped away at Spencer’s lead, cutting the margin to a deuce at 55-53 with 5:00 to go in the game. A three-pointer by Langston Jones gave the E’Hawks the lead for the first time, but Spencer answered to retake the lead.

However, Emmetsburg kept their heads and managed to add six more points to lead 62-59 with :30 to go.

Emmetsburg went down and put up a shot, only to have it fall short. A foul put Spencer’s Carson Baethke on the line with :14 to go, but he missed both tries, giving the ball to the E’Hawks. Emmetsburg came downcourt and as Nick Wuebker put up a shot, he was fouled.

Wuebker stepped to the charity stripe and was given the ball, only to have one of the officials grant a Tiger time-out request to stop the free throw shot as Weubker released the ball.

After the time-out ended, Wuebker tried the shot again, only to miss the front end of the bonus play.

Spencer came down with the rebound and raced down court where they fired up a shot. The shot banged off and the Tigers put it back up a second and then a third time, but the ball would roll off the hoop untile Emmetsburg came down the with ball as the buzzer sounded, preserving the 62-59 win for the E’Hawks.

A quartet of E’Hawks scored in double figures in the win, led by Langson Jones with 17 points, including three -three point shots. Trevor Dettmann added 16 points, while Nick Wuebker came up with 14 points and Tyler Kliegl added 13 points, including a trip of three-point shots in the first half. Tommy Kuecker added a bucket to round out the scoring.

Defensively, Emmetsburg outrebounded Spencer 29-26, but committed 13 turnovers to the Tigers’ six.

Emmetsburg had 16 assists to Spencer’s 11, with Trevor Dettmann dishing out five to lead the effort. Dettmann would pull down eight rebounds, while Tyler Kliegl and Nick Wuebker both added six rebounds to the effort. Weubker added three blocked shots to the defensive effort.

The E’Hawks connected on 20 of 41 shots from inside two-point range, 49 percent shooting and made six of 16 three-pointers, 37 percent shooting. Spencer made 19 of 39 inside the are, 49 percent, and made five of 21 treys for 24 percent.

At the line, Emmetsburg made four of nine, 44 percent, compared with six of 10, 60 percent.