ARMSTRONG - After giving Estherville Lincoln Central trouble in the first quarter, North Union couldn't keep pace with the Midgets in a non-conference matchup on Monday.
While the Warriors stayed within 10 points most of the night, ELC left town with a 65-46 victory.
"They came out wanting the game more than we did," said ELC assistant coach Robert Bosma. "We tried to put in a press, but we didn't get back very well and they got a couple easy layups."
ELC’s David Hughes (25) finds space between North Union defenders Aric Runge (14) and Matt Adams (10) in the Midgets 65-46 win on Monday.
EDN photo by David Swartz
ELC guard Evan Hansen opened the game with a 3-pointer but North Union's Jacob Braddock and Colton McConnell scored the next two baskets to give the Warriors the lead.
ELC scored the next seven points on two free throws by Matt Burrell, a 3-pointer by Tyler Swanson to lead 10-4.
When Swanson hit another 3-pointer moments later, the Midgets led 13-6.
But the Warriors kept battling and scored the final seven points of the quarter, two by Jacob Braddock and five by Matt Adams to take a 15-14 lead.
Joe Heinrichs came off the bench to start the second quarter and scored the first seven points for ELC, a layup, two free throws and a 3-pointer, to give the Midgets the lead for good.
ELC gradually extended the lead and held a 35-25 advantage at the break.
Despite Shane Mills getting some shots to fall in the third quarter, ELC gradually extended its lead to 46-29. But the Warriors were able to cut the deficit to 12, 49-37, for the final frame.
A 3-pointer by Colton McConnell to open the third period got the deficit to single digits.
But ELC's Adam Reiter answered with one of his own. The Warriors stayed even for most of the period, but with a 56-45 lead, a basket by Heinrichs started a 9-1 run to end the game with contributions from Burrell, Hansen, Tucker Milburn and David Hughes.
Swanson and Burrell led ELC with 13 points apiece while Hughes finished with 10, Heinrichs had nine, Hansen had eight, Derek Nieland had five, Reiter had three and Milburn and Carsten Bosch each had two.
ELC had seven 3-pointers in the contest and were 14-for-24 at the free throw line.
Braddock led North Union with 15 points while Mills had 12, McConnell had nine, Adams had seven and Kaleb Olson had three. The Warriors made three 3-pointers and were 7-for-20 from the free throw line.
ELC (3-3 overall) travels to Storm Lake tonight.
North Union (0-6 overall) is on the road against Manson Northwest Webster on Thursday.