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E-Hawks Continue Winning Ways

By Staff | Jan 6, 2011

Emmetsburg’s Marcus Akridge came off the bench Tuesday night to give the E-Hawks some quality minutes in their 52-35 win over the Storm LakeTornadoes. Akridge would tally two points in the win. -- Dan Voigt photo

Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks picked up right where they left off at the holiday break with a 52-35 win over Storm Lake Tuesday night in Lakes Conference round ball action. The win leaves the E-Hawks on top of the league with a perfect mark of 5-0 and 7-0 overall.

Tuesday’s contest to open the second half of the season might not have been a textbook contest, but it was filled with plenty of action throughout.

Both teams struggled to get any semblance of offense working in the first quarter, as Emmetsburg led 9-5 after the first frame. The holiday layoff appeared to be hanging on for both teams until the late stages of the second quarter. After trailing by as many as nine points in the final minutes of the half, Storm Lake suddenly found a shooting touch and managed to cut the E-Hawks’ lead down to a digit, 17-16, at the intermission.

The E-Hawks began to get their offensive game to work in the second half, getting some shots to fall, but still struggled at times with shots that wouldn’t drop, and getting plays to work as designed. However, Coach Mike Brennan’s players took a 35-28 lead at the end of the third quarter.

In the final frame, fouls began to edge into the equation for the E-Hawks, but with some solid play by Marcus Akridge and other reserves off the bench, Emmetsburg held Storm lake to seven points in the final quarter to earn the 52-35 win.

The scoring was well-balanced, as Nick Wuebker, Ryan Kliegl and Cory Schultes all scored 12 points each in the win. Jake Carlson added six points and Bobby Gappa scored four, while Marcus Akridge, Austin Oppenheimer and Arthur Heldt each added two points to the effort.

The next challenge will come Friday night when Emmetsburg hosts Western Christian.