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JCC 64, ELC 63 A shot short

ELC pushes Huskies to the edge, but fall by a point

January 11, 2017
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

While Estherville Lincoln Central didn't come up with a win, their effort against a good Jackson County Central squad shows the Midgets are heading in the right direction.

The Huskies entered Monday's game with an 8-2 record and returned several players from a team that placed second at the Minnesota State Class AA Boys Basketball Tournament last season.

The Midgets matched the visitors blow for blow throughout the night and held a 53-50 lead heading into the final period.

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Tied at 63-63, a free throw by JCC's Jacob Christopher with 12.1 seconds left proved to be the difference in game as Jacob Bosch's last second shot was off the mark.

"After losing to Pocahontas, I've been pleased with how we've responded with two very good performances," said ELC coach Don Martindale. "The guys are starting to understand what they can be and what they can do."

Jackson County Central started the fourth quarter with a 6-0, but a three-point play by Brian Egeland tied the game. The Huskies then scored the next five points. ELC battled back and a layup by Trevor Friesner tied the game at 63-63 as the ELC gym became as loud as it has been in a long while.

To start the game, ELC jumped out to a 9-4 lead with Jacob Heinrichs scoring seven of ELC's points. However he picked up his second foul and went to the bench for the remainder of the first half. The Huskies then scored the next 12 points before two free throws by Jayson Moeller and a three-point play by Trey Jacobson cut the deficit to two, 16-14, at the end of the first period.

Jacobson opened up the second quarter with consecutive 3-pointers. ELC kept matching the Huskies blow as Jacobson finished with 17 first-half points with the teams tied 36-36 at the break.

ELC took the lead on a 3-pointer by Friesner in the third quarter and led by as many as six, 49-43, but the Huskies wouldn't go away cutting the deficit back to three to start the fourth quarter.

Coach Martindale said he has challenged the team to have fun and play with pride on how they defend.

"Tonight we did not force many shots and the kids looked more relaxed," he said.

Jacobson led ELC with 18 points while shooting 4-of-6 from the field including 3-of-5 from 3-point range and 7-of-11 from the free throw line. Heinrichs finished with 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting while Friesner had 12 points and Egeland had 11 on 5-of-7 shooting. Also Moeller finished with five points and Bosch had five.

ELC shot 51 percent (23-of-45) for the game but 21 percent (5-of-18) from 3-point range and 60 percent (12-of-20) from the free throw line.

Bosch led the rebounding effort with eight boards and also had four assists. Heinrichs had four assists and Jacobson had three steals.

ELC (3-8 overall) is home against Newell-Fonda tonight. The Midgets travel to Spencer on Friday.



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