Storm Lake 100, ELC 98 – Quadruple thriller
Estherville Lincoln Central and Storm Lake gave fans a game for the ages.
Unfortunately for the Midgets, the four-overtime game ended with the Tornadoes on top, 100-98.
ELC only led once in the extra periods when Dylan Sievert tipped in his own miss near the end of the third overtime.
Storm Lake was able to tie the game with two free throws with 4.7 second left to send it into to a fourth overtime.
With three ELC starters on the bench with five fouls–Kyle Grems, Marcus Stangl and Matt Gruhlke–ELC gave a valiant effort in the final overtime. The Tornadoes took a six-point lead when Sievert hit back-to-back 3-pointers to get the Midgets within two at 97-95. However, the Tornadoes knocked down their free throws. A putback by Scott Schmidt at the buzzer provided the final tally.
A 38-point effort by ELC’s Caleb Caboth was nearly matched by Storm Lake’s Ethan Carlson, who had 34 points.
In regulation, ELC trailed 22-19 after one quarter. Trailing by as many as 10 points in the second quarter, a 3-pointer by Caboth helped ELC cut the deficit to 41-35 at halftime.
The third quarter, ELC trailed by as many a dozen when they went on a 9-2 run to end the period with a pair of free throws by Gruhlke, a 3-pointer from Caboth and a couple of baskets by Sievert.
Trailing 59-54 to start the fourth quarter, Storm Lake pushed the lead back to seven before ELC came back again.
When Stangl knocked down two free throws with 2:50 remaining the score was tied at 66.
The two teams traded baskets the rest of the way with with a basket by Stangl tying the game at 72.
After Storm Lake’s AJ Croker was called for a charge, Gruhlke had one chance for ELC with a 3-pointer missing at the buzzer.
Carlson took control for Storm Lake in the first overtime, scoring six points.
However, ELC matched him and two free throws by Caboth tied the game at 78.
ELC had a couple chances to go ahead as Storm Lake took a 79-78 lead.
With five second remaining, Schmidt had two free throws and made the second to tie the game at 79.
In the second overtime, each team scored four points with a layup by Gruhlke tying the game at 83-83 with 18 seconds remaining.
Storm Lake was unable to get a good shot off in the closing seconds.
The Midgets again trailed in the third quarter, with Caboth answering every Storm Lake basket, until Sievert put ELC ahead.
Stangl had 19 points while Sievert ended with 16 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Gruhlke had 13 points while Schmidt and Grems each ended with six points.
ELC was 27-of-37 from the free throw line while Storm Lake was 22-of-32 from the foul line.
ELC (2-18, 0-15) ends the regular season at Spencer on Friday.