Estherville Lincoln Central started patiently against Spencer, but the visitors just kept pulling away throughout the night on the way to a 68-39 victory on Friday.
"We had patients and they played at our speed, which we liked," said ELC coach York Plagge. "Defensively we weren't closing out on the shooters early, partly by design. But their (Spencer's) intensity went up and ours kind of waned."
ELC had the early lead as Matt Burrell and Adam Reiter both scored on layups. A free throw by Brad Olesen and another basket by Burrell gave the hosts a 7-4 lead.
ELC’s Adam Reiter goes in for an easy layup early in Friday’s contest against Spencer.
EDN photo by David Swartz
But then the Tigers made a couple stops and got a steal and put together a 7-0 run.
Burrell scored again and had chances at the free throw line to give ELC the lead, but the Midgets got within 11-10 with the Tigers finishing off the first quarter with five points.
In the second quarter, for every big shot ELC hit, Spencer seemed to make two.
David Hughes hit two free throws to start the period an d Spencer responded with two baskets.
Evan Hansen then hit a 3-pointer as ELC trailed 20-15, but Spencer responded with a 3-pointer, which started another 7-0 run.
At the break, ELC trailed 37-20.
ELC stayed with the Tigers for most of the third period and trailed 48-32 when Joe Heinrichs hit a 3-poiner. But Spencer scored the final eight points of the quarter to lead 56-10.
Burrell led ELC with 16 points while Hansen finished with 10. David Hughes had five points and a team-high six rebounds.
Spencer out-rebounded ELC just 28-24, but the Midgets unofficially had 23 turnovers compared to the Tigers' 12.
ELC also was 6-for-16 from the free throw line while Spencer was 5-for-7.
ELC (2-3 overall, 1-1 in the Lakes Conference) travels to Armstrong Monday to play North Union.