E-Hawks Win Wild One Over Indians
It’s never over until its over.
Such was the case for the Emmetsburg E-Hawks in a 53-50 win over Spirit Lake in boys basketball action Friday night. A last-second desperation three-point shot by the Indians was too long and banged off the top of the backboard to ice the win for the E-Hawks, who improved to 6-1 in the Lakes with the win.
But the end result didn’t shake out till the final :08 of the contest played out.
The E-Hawks got off to a slow start on Friday, after being idle for nearly a week due to weather. Spirit Lake came out gunning with the three-point shooting of Paul Brown and took an early 18-13 lead after the first quarter. Emmetsburg would stay close, trailing 22-26 at the intermission as the E-Hawks kept chipping away at the visiting Indians.
In the second half, Emmetsburg began attacking the Indians’ defense a little harder, and managed to knot the game at 37-37 to start the final quarter.
The aggressive full court pressure of the Indians began to prove costly, as fouls began to mount and Emmetsburg was able to make some free throws and edged out to a four-point, 49-45 lead with just under 2:00 to go in the game.
Spirit Lake would keep battling, but the E-Hawks worked for the open shot and got some great playmaking to cling to a lead. With the clock running down, the E-Hawks held a 51-50 lead with :21 to go and a foul sent Nick Wuebker to the line.
However the big man for the E-Hawks missed both of the tries, but the Indians would travel and turn the ball over on the rebound. With a second chance, Emmetsburg got the ball with :10 to go and Cory Schultes was fouled to go to the line for the bonus. The senior calmly knocked down both shots for the 53-50 lead and a time out with :08 to go.
Spirit Lake would get the ball and quickly got to their front court, but a shot with :01 left was launched with a little too much mustard and banged off the top of the backboard as the horn sounded, allowing the E-Hawks to escape with the 53-50 win.
Nick Wuebker would led the E-Hawks with 22 points and six boards while Ryan Kliegl added 12 points and six boards, as well as dishing out four assists. Cory Schultes knocked down 11 points and handed out four helpers. Jake Jackson came off the bench to add three points, while Bobby Gappa and Arthur Heldt both tallied two points and Jake Carlson added a free throw to the final score.
The E-Hawks would hit 19 of 34 shots from two-point range and three of nine three-pointers, with 12 of 20 free throws.
This week will be a busy one for the E-Hawks, with a makeup game scheduled on Monday night with Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn and tonight’s scheduled matchup with Cherokee. The E-Hawks will then host Okoboji on Thursday and Estherville Lincoln Central on Friday night.