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Halftime deficit too deep for ELC – Caboth leads Midgets with 15 points

By Staff | Dec 7, 2007

EMMETSBURG — Emmetsburg’s Jack Geelan hit five 3-pointers and scored 17 points in the first half to give the host E’Hawks a 31-18 lead over visiting Estherville Lincoln Central.

While the Midgets made a run to cut the deficit to six in the fourth quarter, it was too much to overcome as the E’Hawks preserved a 60-48 victory.

The Emmetsburg guards started out hot, hitting four 3-pointers in the first quarter.

Seven points by ELC’s Caleb Caboth, including a trey of his own, helped ELC stay close.

After a jumper by Matt Gruhlke, ELC trailed 15-12, but Emmetsburg hit a trey at the buzzer to lead 18-12 after one quarter.

Kyle Germs scored the first basket of the second quarter, but the E’Hawks continued hit three more treys in the quarter.

After the break, Gruhlke and Caboth combined to score the first five points to cut the deficit to eight.

Again the E’Hawks pushed the lead back to 13 when Trevor Dettmann hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer as Emmetsburg led 41-28 to start the fourth period.

Emmetsburg threatened to pull away with a 45-30 lead, but Caboth brought ELC back with a 3-pointer and layup.

A couple more baskets one by Keith Fandel and another by Scott Schmidt, got ELC within six at 47-41.

However, the E’Hawks made enough free throws to preserve the win.

Caboth led ELC with 15 points while Gruhlke had 11.

Grems and Fandel each scored seven while Dylan Sievert had four and Collin Klingbeil and Schmidt each had two.

ELC (1-1, 0-1) hosts LeMars on Tuesday.