E’Hawks Claim Satisfying Win Over Spencer
SPENCER – Call it an early Christmas gift, or call it anything you want, but anytime an Emmetsburg team can go into the Spencer Fieldhouse and come out with a win is a good time. That’s exactly what Emmetsburg got Friday night with a 52-47 win over the Spencer Tigers that improved the E’Hawks to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the Lakes Conference boys race.
The start of the contest was far from pretty for either team, even though the E’Hawks took the early lead over the Tigers. Emmetsburg was able to post a 9-2 lead after the first quarter, but the Tigers weren’t about to let such a thing stand.
Emmetsburg couldn’t hold that big advantage in the second quarter, as the Tigers began to claw their way back into the game, cutting the margin to three points, as Emmetsburg’s offense went cold. However, the defense kept up the pressure to preserve the 16-13 lead for the E’Hawks at the intermission.
Spencer tried to make defensive adjustments during halftime to double and sometimes triple-team Emmetsburg’s Nick Wuebker during the second half to try and take him out of the scoring equation.
However, the tactic would allow Emmetsburg’s Jake Carlson to step up in a big way, drawing the defense away from Wuebker to allow the big man to keep scoring.
The game stayed close through the third quarter, with Emmetsburg clinging to a duece, 30-28, to go into the final quarter with the issue still very much in doubt.
But in the final quarter, fouls began to enter the equation. With the E’Hawks managing to stay ahead by a point or two, Spencer’s Coach Bob Haak was whistled for a technical foul, which put Cory Schultes on the line, where he sank the two shots for some E’Hawk breathing room, 39-34, with just under 6:00 to go in the game.
The Tigers would put up an occasional three-ball, but the E’Hawks were able to answer and preserve their lead.
The Tigers would score what would be their last points of the game off a pair of free throws when Carlson fouled out with :55 to go to make the score 52-47.
But, with :27 to go, Nate Brown was fouled to shoot two, but missed both shots. A final desperation shot by the Tigers bounced off and Wuebker pulled down the rebound to let the clock run out for the early Christmas present for the E’Hawks.
Nick Wuebker would lead Emmetsburg with 17 points, while Ryan Kliegl added nine points. Nate Brown chipped in eight points, while Cory Schultes dropped in six points. Kyle Elbert scored five points, while Bobby Gappa added four points and Jake Carlson chipped in three points to the effort.
Emmetsburg connected on 13 of 30 shots from inside the arc, 43 percent shooting, and made five of 13 three-pointers, 38 percent accuracy. At the charity stripe, the E’Hawks made 11 of 22, 50 percent.
Defensively, Nick Wuebker had eight boards, and blocked two shots, while Cory Schultes grabbed five and dished out five assists to his teammates.
Emmetsburg will take a few days off for the holidays and returns to action Jan. 5, traveling to Storm Lake to meet up with the Tornadoes.