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Midgets unable to keep up with Tigers

By David Swartz - Managing Editor | Jan 18, 2021

The Estherville Lincoln Central boys have shot the basketball well at times this season, but cold spells are the bane of any team. Against Spencer on Saturday, ELC made went 1-of-11 from the field and the 42-17 half-time deficit was too much to over-come, as the Tigers left town with a 68-51 victory.“We can’t fall behind that far to a team like Spencer,” said ELC coach Nick Gruhlke. “Defensively, we allowed too many points the first quarter and then offensively, the second quarter we shot 1-11. Against any team on our schedule, if you fall that far behind, it’s going to be tough to get back into it. I was pleased with how we responded in the second half and were able to cut the lead to 12 or 13 at one point. Other than the second quarter, we shot the ball pretty well, but they outscored us at the free throw line by 15 points.”The Tigers came out hot, leading 26-14 after one quarter.ELC began its run in the third quarter, outscoring Spencer 17-10, but trailed 52-34 entering the final pe-riod.Owen Larson led ELC with 15 points, four assists and three steals. Ryan Schiltz and Will Larson each tossed in 13 points. Will Larson also had four assists.Jack Jensen came off the bench to score five points. Matt Christensen had three points, a team-high 10 re-bounds along with a blocked shot. Adrian Vaughn had two points. Karter Petzenhauser led Spencer with 17 points.ELC (6-6 overall, 1-4 in the Lakes Conference) hosts Western Christian on Tuesday.