E-Hawks Earn Win To Take Perfect Mark Into Holiday Break
SPENCER – Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks closed out the first part of their roundball season with a 58-44 victory over Spencer’s Tigers on Friday night in Spencer. The win gives Coach Mike Brennan’s ballclub a tidy present of 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the Lakes Conference.
Coming off a hard-fought win over LeMars on Tuesday, the E-Hawks opened Friday’s game a little slowly, struggling to really get the offense flowing like it is capable of, but a pair of three-point buckets by Cory Schultes would allow Emmetsburg to move out to a 12-5 lead after the first period of action. Defensive play stepped up measurably by both teams in the second quarter, and Emmetsburg got plenty of looks at the bucket, but went through a stretch of having shots rim in and out of the cylinder. However, the defense kept Spencer at bay to allow the E-Hawks to post a 21-11 advantage at the intermission.
Another spell of shots that wouldn’t drop plagued the E-Hawks in the third quarter, as easy shots would skip off the rim or simply slide off. At the same time, some unforced turnovers would also deny the E-Hawks scoring opportunities.
However, like so many other meetings in the past of these two teams, Spencer made a run at the E-Hawks in the third, cutting the E-Hawks’ lead down to six midway through the quarter before Emmetsburg rode some three-point shots to take a 41-26 advantage to start the final eight minutes.
The two teams would evenly trade buckets in the final period, but some key free throws down the line would allow the E-Hawks to post the 58-44 win to close out the first half of the campaign.
Emmetsburg was led by the 19-point effort of Cory Schultes, who drained four three-point buckets in the event. Teammate Ryan Kliegl sailed through the air repeatedly to the bucket to tally 16 points and added a trey of his own to the effort.
Bobby Gappa chipped in eight points along with Nick Wuebker, while Jake Carlson added four points to the tally and Jake Jackson scored three points to round out the effort.
After a well-deserved break over the Christmas and New Years’ holiday, the E-Hawks will resume Lakes Conference action on the hardwood on Tuesday, Jan. 4, when they will play host to Storm Lake.