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E-Hawks In Three-Way Tie For Lead

By Staff | Jan 20, 2011

E-Hawk Marcus Akridge came off the bench to give some good minutes in Emmetsburg’s 57-22 win over Cherokee on Tuesday night. The E-Hawks also downed Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn by a 60-38 margin Monday night as well. -- Dan Voigt photo

With a four-game schedule facing them this week, Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks did the only thing they could do – play hard.

And it paid off.

Coach Mike Brennan’s E-Hawks earned a non-conference 60-38 win over Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn on Monday night and then pummeled Cherokee in a 57-22 Lakes Conference contest Tuesday night to improve to 7-1 in the league and 11-1 overall.

The win keeps the E-Hawks in a three-way tie with LeMars and Western Christian at the top of the Lakes race.

Monday’s game with HMS was an exercise in patience for the E-Hawks, as the visiting Hawks went to a full-court press right away, hoping to derail the E-Hawk offense.

The tactic didn’t work, as Emmetsburg took a 13-6 lead after one quarter and 32-20 advantage at the half. In the third quarter, the E-Hawks posed a 43-29 lead and coasted in the final quarter to take the 60-38 win.

Nick Wuebker would tally 15 points on the night and Jake Jackson came off the bench to add 13 markers. Cory Schultes came away with nine points, while Jake Carlson and Arthur Heldt both scored six. Bobby Gappa added five points, with Ryan Kliegl, Austin Oppenheimer and Dennis Theesfeld all adding two points to the winning effort.

Tuesday night saw Cherokee come to town and Emmetsburg simply dominated the hapless Braves in the 57-22 blowout, which saw the game shortened by the continuous clock rule late in the third quarter and through the fourth quarter.

The E-Hawks jumped out to an early 12-0 lead over Cherokee in the opening minutes of the first frame, as Cherokee struggled to put the ball near the hoop until 3:30 remained in the quarter. At the end of the first frame, the E-Hawks held a 16-4 advantage that would grow in to a 30-9 lead at the intermission.

In the third quarter, Emmetsburg kept working the offense to score almost at will, taking a 35 point lead with 3:00 to go in the third frame and posting a 49-11 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Brennan would clear his bench in the final quarter of the contest, getting everyone a chance to play and the reserves held up their end, scoring eight points in the final quarter for the 57-22 win.

Cory Schultes led the scoring with 10 points, while Nick Wuebker had eight. Jake Jackson and Ryan Kliegl both had seven points, with Bobby Gappa, Jake Carlson and Austin Oppenheimer all scoring six points. Steven Heddinger, Cody Henderson and Dennis Theesfeld all scored two points and Arthur Heldt added a free throw.