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Lions prevail in non-league tilt

Will Larson game winner just off the mark

By David Swartz - | Jan 13, 2021

ROCK RAPIDS — With an eight-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, Estherville Lincoln Central appeared on its way to a third straight victory.

However host Central Lyon had other plans, as they increased the defensive pressure and the Midgets shots didn’t fall. The Lions tied the game at 50-50 and then took a 56-55 lead on a shot by Cooper Spiess. With no timeouts, ELC rushed down the floor and Will Larson got a look at the basket from the baseline. However, his shot didn’t fall and the Lions sealed the victory with a pair of free throws with two-tenths of a second in the game for a 58-55 win.

ELC did not get off to a good start in the game, missing shots early while the Lions took a 9-0 lead. However 3-pointers by Will Larson and Owen Larson and a basket by Octavious Piercy-Maze were all part of an 8-0 run to get within one, 9-8. The Midgets trailed by two late in the period when the Lions hit a 3-pointer to take a 17-12 lead into the second period.

ELC came storming back in the second period, as Ryan Schiltz scored seven points in the period including a basket right before half to tie the game at 28-28.

ELC trailed 37-35 in the third period when Adrian Vaughn and Schiltz hit back-to-back 3-pointers, followed by another jumper from Vaughn and a layup by Matt Christensen to push ELC’s lead to eight, 45-37.

Schiltz led ELC with 17 points while Will Larson had 10, Owen Larson had nine, Vaughn had seven, Piercy-Maze had six, Christensen had four and Jack Jensen had two.

ELC (6-5 overall) hosts Newell-Fonda today before traveling to Spencer on Thursday.

In junior varsity play, ELC defeated Central Lyon 4327. Tristan Howard led ELC with 15 points, Blake Ingvall had 12, Daryl Jensen had six, Grant Love and Jack Jensen each had four, and Logan Nissen had two.

In the JVR game, ELC tied with Central Lyon 36-36. Jordan Jensen led ELC with 10 points and five rebounds, Blake Andrews had seven points and 10 rebounds, Luke Heinrichs and Cael Miller each had five points, Carson Grange had four points and six rebounds, Aaron Armstrong had three points and Jacob Knudson had two.