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E-Hawks Struggle Offensively On The Road In Setback

By Staff | Dec 17, 2013

LET?IT?FLY - Emmetsburg’s Austin Krause lets fly with a shot against Spencer’s Tanner Morris in the E-Hawks’ 54-30 loss to the Tigers Friday night. -- Dan Voigt photo

SPENCER?- The shots wouldn’t fall for Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks in a 54-30 loss at the hands of Spencer in Lakes Conference boys basketball action Friday night. The setback leaves Emmetsburg searching for their first league win of the season at 0-2 and 1-2 overall on the young season.

Friday night’s game came on the heels of a tough loss at LeMars on Tuesday night, and the E-Hawks appeared to be suffering a little hangover from that loss, as they trailed by nine at the end of the first quarter of play, 16-7, at the Fieldhouse against the Tigers.

The tempo of the game picked up and became very physical, which would cost the E-Hawks when big man Erik Drost went to the bench midway through the quarter with his third personal foul. However, Emmetsburg continued to battle and matched the Tigers shot for shot in the quarter to score 12 points, and continued to trail by nine points at the half-time break, 28-19.

The physical play continued in the second half, but a disparity in fouls would begin to factor into the contest, as Emmetsburg would be whistled for a total of 18 fouls in the contest, while Spencer would draw several in the late stages for a total of 12 in the game.

Trailing 26-43 to start the final quarter, the E-Hawks continued to battle, but saw their shooting go away as Spencer’s pressure defense would force some turnovers and denied the E-Hawks second shot opportunities as the clock wound down for the 30-54 loss.

BATTLE?THROUGH - E-Hawk Erik Drost takes the ball to the hole despite a block attempt by a Spencer defender in Emmetsburg’s 54-30 loss Friday night. -- Dan Voigt photo

Michael Pugh would come away with nine points for the E-Hawks, all coming from three-point shots. Erik Drost added seven points to the effort, while Austin Krause and Shawn Erickson both scored just four points. Michael Myers, Brandon Elbert and Aaron Bird each dropped in a bucket for two points in the effort.

Erik Drost would collect 10 rebounds and blocked three shots on the night as well.

For the E-Hawks, the final week of this half of the season featured a non-conference tilt Monday night in Emmetsburg against Harris-Lake Park.

The E-Hawks will host Storm Lake on Tuesday.