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ELC toughs out win over Warriors

December 11, 2016
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

Tied 41-41 after Trent Pedersen's 3-pointer with just over 2 minutes left in Thursday's game, North Union and Estherville Lincoln Central looked to battle to the finish.

However, the Warriors managed just one free throw as ELC slowly built a 50-42 advantage. Two 3-pointers by Nathan Eaton in the final 10 seconds came too late, as ELC made enough plays and free throws down the stretch for a 52-48 victory.

"Tuesday against Storm Lake, we played against an athletic team," said ELC coach Don Martindale. "Tonight, we played a hard-nosed, gritty team."

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The Midgets came out firing from long range as Jacob Heinrichs hit his first three shots from beyond the arc to give ELC a 9-4 lead. Trey Jacobson's first 3-pointer gave ELC a 14-6 advantage and Layups by Trevor Friesner and Jacobson pushed ELC's advantage to 18-6. While it appeared ELC could blow out the Warriors, Pedersen hit a 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter to make the score 18-9.

ELC cooled off in the second quarter and would make just one more 3-pointer on the night.

Meanwhile, North Union worked get back in the game in the second quarter. The Warriors cut the lead to three, 20-17, after three straight baskets from Elliott Hagebock. ELC pushed the lead back to eight on a basket by Heinrichs and a 3-pointer by Jayson Moeller with 3 minutes left in the half.

However, the Warriors kept fighting and ended the second quarter on a 8-2 run, which included 3-pointers by Eaton and Riley Bauer to trail by just two 27-25.

Both teams struggled to score in the third quarter, but North Union took its first lead on two baskets by Eaton at 29-27. ELC retook the lead on a three-point play by Moeller at 32-29, but North Union's Jared Larson tied the game with his only basket, a 3-pointer, at 32-32.

In the fourth quarter, ELC either led or the two teams were tied with the last coming on Pedersen's 3-pointer.

A free throw by Jacobson gave ELC the lead for good. Moeller rebounded the missed second free throw and put it in to give ELC a 44-41 advantage. Free throws Heinrichs, Jacobson, Friesner and Bosch helped ELC build the eight-point lead with 15 seconds remaining. Eaton hit a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left that was followed by two free throws by Friesner. Eaton then hit a trey at the buzzer for the final tally.

Heinrichs led ELC with 15 points while Friesner had 12, Moeller had 10, Jacobson had seven, Bosch had six, and Brian Egeland had two. ELC finished 15-of-28 from the free throw line.

For North Union, Pedersen finished with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting and also had 11 rebounds, three assists and three steals. Eaton finished with1 5 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Hagebock had six points, Larson and Bauer each had three and Eythan Blair had two.

Cherokee jumps out to big lead in Braves' win

CHEROKEE - Playing on back-to-back nights, Estherville Lincoln Central's offense just couldn't keep up with Cherokee on Friday.

The Braves raced out to a 23-7 lead, led 36-12 at halftime and 57-24 after three quarters on the way to a 67-32 victory.

"Give credit to Cherokee; this was a learning experience again for us tonight," said ELC coach Don Martindale. "But we always need to be ready to play and at times, we just stood around."

Jayson Moeller ended up leading the Midgets with 12 points while Trey Jacobson finished with nine, Brian Egeland had eight, Jacob Bosch had two and Trevor Friesner had one.

ELC shot 32 percent (12-of-32) from the field and just 3-of-10 from the free throw line.

Egeland had a team-high six rebounds and Bosch had three assists.

Trey Valentine led three Braves in double digits with 18 points while Jack Benson had 15 and Ben Lingenfelter had 12.

ELC (3-3 overall) hosts Spirit Lake on Tuesday.



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