For the second time this season, Estherville Lincoln Central had to rally against Spirit Lake. And for the second time, a 3-pointer by the Midgets proved to be the difference against the Indians. But this time the win came in regulation
Tied at 55-55, a 3-pointer by Carsten Bosch with about 5 seconds left in the game gave the Midgets their first lead since the first quarter.
"Joe (Heinrichs) got me the ball and I just put up the shot," said Bosch.
ELC’s Carsten Bosch (2) goes in for a layup against Spirit Lake’s Alec Henrickson during first-half play in Estherville. Bosch finished with nine points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer to give ELC?the win.
Photo by David Swartz
After two timeouts by the Indians, a steal by Justin Heinrichs sealed the ELC victory.
"This was eerily similar to the first game against Spirit Lake," said ELC coach Corey Christopher. "Defensively, we played softer than I think we should have in the first half. But the kids decided they had another gear on defense at halftime."
The Midgets held Spirit Lake to five points in the fourth quarter. Indians' top scorer Alec Henrickson had 27 points through three quarters, including six 3-pointers, but had just two in the final frame.
"That was the best defensive quarter of the year without question," said Christopher. "I could not have been more proud of the effort they gave in the fourth quarter."
ELC started well enough, but trailed 7-5 after Henrickson hit his first 3-pointer of the night.
But the Midgets then when on a 9-0 run with Justin Heinrichs scoring seven straight points including a 3-pointer of his own. A basket by David Hughes gave ELC a 14-7 lead.
But Henrickson came right back. He was fouled on a made 3-pointer and made the free throw to convert the four-point play. He then hit another 3-pointer to tie the game at 14-14.
A basket by Joe Heinrichs gave ELC a brief lead, but Sam Harms tied the game at 16-16 and that's how the first quarter would end.
In the second quarter, Spirit Lake got hot.
After a layup by Bosch, Henrickson hit a 3-pointer followed by one from Billy Brown, then Trevor Smith and then Brown again as the Indians took a 28-18 advantage.
ELC got the deficit back to single digits after a 3-pointer by Justin Heinrichs and then a basket by Clay Tredway cut the deficit to five.
Spirit Lake pushed the advantage out to 11 again as Henrickson and Smith both got to the free throw line. But a 3-pointer by Bryce Mann kept the difference to single digits as Spirit Lake led 37-29 at the break.
ELC cut the deficit to five early in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Justin Heirnichs. The teams kept trading baskets until Henrickson hit a layup and then the ELC bench was called for a technical Henrickson made both free throws to push the Indians' advantage back to nine, 47-38. But ELC kept fighting back and cut the deficit to six, 50-44, by the start of the fourth quarter.
The Indians appeared ready to take control early in the final period after a 3-pointer by Brown gave the visitors a 53-46 advantage.
But Justin Heinrichs answered with a 3-poniter and then Hughes scored on a pass from Tredway to cut the deficit to two, 53-51.
Henrickson answered, but ELC scored again. Then an offensive putback by Tredway tied the game at 55-55.
A turnover by the Indians, who had seven in the second half, gave the ball back to ELC with about a minute left in the game.
The Midgets worked for the final shot and came up with the winner.
Justin Heinrichs led ELC with 22 points. Bosch, Hughes and Tredway all finished with nine points and Tredway had a team-high seven rebounds.
Unofficially, the Midgets out-rebounded Spirit Lake 28-23.
Joe Heinrichs finished with six points while Mann had three.
For Spirit Lake, Smith had 11 points, Brown had nine, Harms had four and Alex Pringnitz had two.
ELC (10-7 overall, 6-5 in the Lakes Conference) is home against Newell-Fonda on Monday. The Midgets are at LeMars on Tuesday and home against Western Christian on Friday.
Spirit Lake (11-5 overall, 6-5 in the conference) is home against Emmetsburg on Tuesday and at Spencer on Friday.
ELC rolls past winless Cherokee
CHEROKEE - Estherville Lincoln notched its ninth win of the season with a 65-41 victory over Cherokee on Tuesday.
The Midgets led 19-11 after one quarter, 34-24 at halftime and 51-29 after three quarters.
David Hughes led ELC with 17 points while Joe Heinrichs had 16 and Justin Heinrichs had 12. Kyle DeVary hit three 3-pointers to finish with nine. Carsten Bosch had five points and Clay Tredway and Bryce Mann each had three points.
Brett Walker led Cherokee with 13 points and Tyler Faist had 10.