ORANGE CITY - Class 3A No. 7 MOC-Floyd Valley just had too much firepower for Estherville Lincoln Central as the Dutch defeated the Midgets 76-36 in a first-round district game on Monday.
The Midgets' highlight of the night was a 6-4 lead after two 3-pointers by Adam Reiter to start the game. But the Midgets were out-scored 15-1 to end the first quarter as the Dutch led 19-7.
"They're a tough team and they have a shot of making it to Des Moines this year," said ELC coach York Plagge of the Dutch. "When they got in their transition game, that's where it went downhill for us. We had a better chance if we could've kept the game in the halfcourt."
ELC’s Justin Heinrichs (1) attacks the MOC-Floyd Valley interior defense during play in Orange City on Monday.
EDN photo by Glen Caron
The second quarter didn't get any better for ELC which was outscored 20-8 as the Dutch led 39-15 with three of their players already in double digits.
MOC-Floyd Valley stretched the lead to 35 points, 56-21 by 1:40 in the third quarter to start the running clock. ELC hit some 3-pointers in the final frame, but it was too little too late.
ELC hit nine 3-pointers on the night With Reiter and Evan Hansen each with three, Justin Heinrichs with one, Joe Heinrichs with one and Carsten Bosch with one. Reiter led ELC with 11 points, Hansen had nine, Justin Heinrichs had seven, Bosch had five and Joe Heinrichs had four.
ELC didn't do well in attacking the Dutch defense and was just 1-of-2 from the free-throw line while the Dutch made 22 trips to the line.
ELC also was out-rebounded 34-20.
Justin Van Kalsbeek led the Dutch with 22 points, Levi Jansen had 14 and David De Haan had 10.
The Midgets bid farewell to nine seniors-Derek Nieland, Adam Reiter, Matt Burrell, Tyler Swanson, Tucker Milburn, Evan Hansen, Jeff Perkins and Brad Olsen.
Plagge gave kudos to all of them for sticking with the program.
"I told them after the game to put it in perspective and think of what they've done in basketball the last four years," he said.