ELC boys win second straight
TERRIL – Except for an opening basket by Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire’s Jacob Conlon, Estherville Lincoln Central led from start to finish for the second consecutive game on the way to a 59-38 victory over the Titans on Friday.
“On the defensive end of the floor, we showed the most improvement-identifying the shooters and playing with a sense of urgency,” said ELC coach Don Martindale. “We also showed good poise on offense.”
ELC took the lead for good on a Trey Jacobson 3-pointer at 3-2, but moments later, he collided with a teammate going for a loose ball. While he came back in the second quarter for a bit, Jacobson did not return in the second half.
But he wasn’t needed.
ELC gradually stretched its lead, taking a 16-8 advantage by the end of the first quarter.
Trevor Friesner opened the second quarter with a 3-point play that sparked an 11-2 run over the next few minutes with ELC taking its biggest lead of the first half at 27-10 after a free throw by Brian Egeland.
The Titans finally hit a couple free throws, but ELC led 31-17 at the break.
GT/RA essentially played even in the third quarter, but could never get the lead to single digits. ELC held a 44-26 lead until a 3-pointer by Sam Skattebo at the buzzer kept the lead to just 15, 44-29, to start the fourth quarter.
GT/RA could never mount a run in the final frame.
Friesner led ELC with 16 points and 12 rebounds, including six on the offensive glass. Jacob Heinrichs finished with a season-high 14 points while shooting 5-of-5 from the field and 3-of-3 from the free throw line.
ELC shot 59 percent (20-of-34) for the game. Brian Egeland finished with five points while Jacobson had six, Bennett Loock had five, Jayson Moeller had four, Lucas Gardner had three and Alec Heifner and Jacob Bosch each had two.
Conlon and Tom Geelan led the Titans with 12 points apiece while Eric Sundall had four, Brady Rosacker, Skattebo and Chris Conlon each had three and Koy Bakken had one.
ELC (2-1 overall) hosts Storm Lake on Tuesday.
GT/RA (1-1 overall) hosts St. Mary’s of Storm Lake in Ruthven on Tuesday.