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Wolfpack runs past Midgets – Stangl leads ELC with 10

By Staff | Feb 6, 2008

HULL — The Estherville Lincoln Central boys basketball team didn’t give itself much of a chance against Class 2A No. 5 Western Christian.

The Wolfpack raced out to a 14-0, and helped by 18 first-half Midget turnovers led 21-8 after one quarter and 40-17 at halftime.

“They’re one of the fastest teams around,” said ELC senior Collin Klingbeil. “They speed things up and it's hard to get your passes through.

We did try to slow the gam down in the second half and make good passes,” he added.

Kyle Grems finally broke the scoring drought in the first quarter with the first basket and Scott Schmidt scored a couple baskets in the first quarter.

Klingbeil hit a 3-pointer in the second quarter, but ELC could struggled to protect the ball.

Marcus Stangl had six of his team-high 10 points in the first half.

ELC was out-rebounded 38-23.

We can’t get up offensive rebounds one after the other like that,” said Grems, a junior. “We have to get a body on somebody and go after the ball.”

Caleb Caboth scored six points for ELC while Schmidt and Matt Gruhlke each had five points. Dylan Sievert scored four points while Klingbeil had three and Philip Roach and Grems each had two.

ELC (2-16, 0-13) travels to Sheldon on Friday.

The ELC junior varsity boys team lost 70-49 to Western Christian.