E’Hawks run away from ELC
As has happened a few times this season, the Estherville Lincoln Central boys basketball team appeared to have the momentum.
Unfortunately, the Midgets again suffered a momentum swing against Emmetsburg on Thursday.
After leading 36-30, the visiting E’Hawks scored the final 17 points to win 47-36.
“Our turnovers just came at inopportune times,” said ELC assistant coach Brian DeJong. “We’re up by six, then they score and we throw the ball out of bounds.”
The Midgets jumped out a 13-8 lead in the first quarter, but Emmetsburg went on another run take the lead. They led 20-16 when ELC scored the final three points of the half to cut the deficit to 20-19.
The Midgets had a good third quarter. Tied at 26-26, #-pointers by Caleb Caboth and Matt Gruhlke helped ELC take a 32-28 lead into the final frame.
DeJong said there have been several games where ELC has been competitive through halftime.
“Suddenly we couldn’t stop them in the final few minutes,” DeJong said.
ELC was 7-of-9 from the free throw line, but they were all in the first half.
“I looked up and saw no fouls on either team and thought, ‘that’s not good for us,’ said DeJong. “We need those 10 to 12 points from the free throw line.”
Caboth led ELC with 14 points while Fandel ended with 10 points. Marcus Stangl chipped in six points, Gruhlke had three and Kyle Grems had two.
ELC (2-12, 0-10) hosts Spirit Lake on Tuesday.