E-Hawks Down Manson In District Tourney Opener
MANSON?- Emmetsburg’s E-Hawks opened their post-season Monday night with a 63-47 victory over Manson Northwest Webster. The win advances the E-Hawks into a District semi-final game tonight (Thursday, Feb. 15,) at 6:30 p.m. against Pocahontas Area in a game to be played at Alta.
In a meeting of the two teams on January 12, Emmetsburg fell to the Cougars by a 43-62 tally, but on Monday night, revenge was on the mind of the E-Hawks.
Emmetsburg came out firing and quickly served notice this game would be different from last month’s meeting. The E-Hawks’ duo of Blake VerMulm and Hunter McAllister went to work in the paint and started to dominate the boards, while the rest of the E-Hawks lineup was putting plenty of defensive pressure on the Cougars. Emmetsburg would take an early lead and held on for a 14-11 advantage when the first quarter ended.
The E-Hawks would continue to pound the ball inside in the second half, hitting VerMulm repeatedly for short jumpers or putbacks, while McAllister would slash in from the outside and tally an occasional bucket to keep the Cougar defense guessing. When the second frame ended, Emmetsburg had extended their lead to 32-23 at the intermission.
In the second half, Emmetsburg’s game plan never waivered. The scoring slowed as both teams turned up their defensive pressure, but Emmetsburg was able to maintain a comfortable 18-point, 49-31 to start the final quarter.
But Manson Northwest Webster would try to make a late rally, as with 5:00 to play, Emmetsburg held a 52-39 advantage, but went scoreless for two minutes while the Cougars scored four points for a 52-43 score.
An inside layup by McAllister got the E-Hawks’ offense moving again with 3>00 to to and from there on, the E-Hawks would start traveling to the free throw line with regularity. In the final 1:45 of the game, Emmetsburg would go to the charity stripe six times and scored six points as the Cougars would foul desperately to get the ball back, but could get no closer than the 61-45 final tally for the E-Hawks.
Emmetsburg got a career night out of Blake VerMulm as he ripped the nets for 22 points. Ben Dunlap added 14 tallies and Hunter McAllister scored 10 points. Zach Mason added six points, while Corbin Saathoff and Dylan Kibbie both tallied four points each and Tim Geelan scored three points in the winning effort.
The win improves Emmetsburg to 8-13 on the year.