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E’Hawks Stay Perfect With Wins

By Staff | Dec 15, 2009

AIRMAIL?DELIVERY - Ryan Kliegl brings the ball to the hoop over ELC’s Tyler Lutz in the E’Hawks’ 49-44 win Friday night. -- Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks kept their season mark perfect with a pair of wins over the past weekend. On Friday night, Emmetsburg survived a scare from Estherville Lincoln Cental to take a 49-44 win and then claimed a satisfying non-conference victory over Okoboji by a 46-23 tally.

Friday night the E’Hawks struggled in the first half of play after big man Nick Wuebker was rung up with two quick fouls in the first quarter. With Wuebker on the bench and the middle a little more open, the Midgets were able to hang around on the E’Hawks and take a lead at the break.

After leading 11-9 at the end of the first quarter, Emmetsburg struggled getting shots to drop in the second frame, only scoring seven points as ELC?took a 24-18 advantage at the intermission.

Emmetsburg found a little bit of its shooting touch in the third quarter, as they closed the deficit to four points, but at the expense of two more fouls against Wuebker, who ended the third on the bench as the E’Hawks trailed 34-30 to start the final quarter.

With play being physical through the game, the final quarter was no exception, Wuebker came back out on the floor for the final quarter, and played an intelligent game in the final quarter to protect his final foul, even though several wild scrambles and breakaways would fill the final eight minutes of play.

With, with 2:00 to go, the E’Hawks had tied the game at 40-40 off some timely free throws. From that point, the E’Hawks would gradually slip away from the Midgets to take the 49-44 win.

Even with his foul trouble, Nick Wuebker would pick up the double-double with 12 points and 10 boards for the E’Hawks in the win. Kyle Elbert and Cory Schultes both banged in eight points, while Nate Brown added six points. Ryan Kliegl had five points, while Bobby Gappa scored four points. Jake Carlson and Marcus Akridge both came off the bench to add two points each.

The E’Hawks would travel out of the league on Saturday and claim a 46-23 win over the Pioneers of Okoboji at Milford.

Saturday’s game was all Emmetsburg, as the E’Hawks marched out to an 11-3 lead after one quarter and posted a 21-10 advantage for the intermission. A combination of good defense and solid shooting would guide the E’Hawks the rest of the way.

Emmetsburg expanded their lead to a 35-18 margin at the end of three quarters, and then went on to claim the 46-23 final victory.

The E’Hawks got very balanced scoring once again, as Nick Wuebker would tally 11 points, while Bobby Gappa came off the bench to add 10 points in the effort. Nate Brown tallied eight points, while Jake Carlson chipped in seven points off the bench. Kyle Elbert tallied five points, as did Arthur Heldt off the bench.

Nick Wuebker would block four shots in the winning effort, as the E’Hawks made 11 of 24 shots from inside the arc and six of 23 outside the arc in the victory.

“We got some good, balanced scoring in these wins,”?noted E’Hawk Head Coach Mike Brennan. “And, it was nice to get some good play out of the guys coming off the bench as well. Now we’ll see where we’re at when LeMars comes to town on Tuesday night.”

The E’Hawks will then close out the first half of the season on Friday when they travel to Spencer for Lakes Conference action.