LEMARS - For the second time this season, LeMars got off to a quick start against Estherville Lincoln Central.
The Midgets played nearly even with the Bulldogs in the second quarter, but could gain no ground as the Bulldogs cruised to an 81-49 victory.
ELC's Matt Burrell scored the first basket of the game, but LeMars responded with a 17-2 run and never looked back.
Tucker Milburn (21) and the Estherville Lincoln Central boys basketball team had their second tough road game this week. After losing to Spirit Lake on Tuesday, above, the Midgets lost to LeMars on Friday.
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The Midgets struggled in the first half with nine turnovers leading to several easy baskets for the hosts.
The Bulldogs led 28-11 after one quarter.
ELC go to within 10, 30-20, early in the second quarter.
But when Tyler Swanson hit a 3-pointer, it was just to get within a dozen at 39-27.
LeMars' Brenden Collins then hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer before half as the Bulldogs led 48-29.
The hosts opened up the second half with a 12-0 run halted only by a basket from Evan Hansen and a 3-pointer by Reiter. But The Midgets trailed 71-39 to start the final period.
Burrell led ELC with 12 points, all in the first half. Tyler Swanson had eight, Joe Heinrichs had six, Adam Reiter and Evan Hansen each had five, Justin Heinrichs had three, Tucker Milburn, Carsten Bosch and Noah Diekmann each had two and Derek Nieland and Brad Olsen each had one.
ELC shot well from the free-throw line, making 10-of-12, but LeMars made 26 trips to the line and made 22.
Collins led the Bulldogs with 17 points.
ELC (7-13 overall, 4-9 in the Lakes Conference) ends the regular season at home against Class 2A No. 2 Western Christian on Tuesday.