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LeMars 60, ELC 50 Bulldogs pull away in fourth

By Staff | Jan 29, 2017

While Estherville Lincoln Central coach Don Martindale isn’t a believer in moral victories, the Midgets showed much improvement in the second meeting with LeMars on Friday.

ELC had lost 86-43 just eight days earlier in LeMars. This time, ELC just couldn’t quite convert enough chances in the fourth quarter, falling 60-50 to the Bulldogs.

“We’re starting to look like an improved team and the kids are buying into what we’re doing,” said Martindale. “I feel better about this team than I did before Christmas.

“But in order to beat a team of this caliber, we have to stay away from the empty possessions,” the coach continued. “Against other teams it might not matter as much, but against teams like this, it’s huge.”

ELC had the hot hand in the first quarter, taking an 18-17 lead, but the Bulldogs led 33-29 at the break. ELC won the third quarter, 10-9, to trail by just three, 42-39, entering the final period. However, ELC couldn’t come up with the shots they needed and LeMars made free throws to seal the victory.

Brian Egeland led ELC with 15 points while shooting 7-of-9 from the field and Trevor Friesner finished with 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field along with seven rebounds. Jacob Heinrichs had 13 points while Jacob Bosch had five points, five rebounds and three assists. Jayson Moeller chipped in four points while Trey Jacobson finished with seven assists and three steals.

Trenton Hillbrands led LeMars with 19 points while Will Pottebaum finished with 15.

ELC (5-12 overall, 1-9 in the Lakes Conference) is at Spirit Lake tonight in a game postponed by weather. The Midgets host Class 2A No. 1 Western Christian on Friday.