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Spencer, 49, ELC 43, OT Working overtime for nothing

Tigers outscore Midgets 13-7 in extra period; Moeller leads ELC with 14 points

February 8, 2017
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

After Trey Jacobson's 3-pointer sent Tuesday's game with Spencer into overtime, Estherville Lincoln Central just couldn't knock down the open looks in the extra frame.

Meanwhile, the Tigers kept attacking the basket and getting fouled. They made their free throws and pulled away for a 49-43 victory.

"I thought our energy and effort was there," said ELC coach Don Martindale. "Overall our defense and rebounding is good. We're a better team than 6-15. But you have to make shots, especially in crunch time."

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After Spencer scored first in the extra period, two free throws by Jacobson tied the game back at 38-38. However, Spencer scored again and ELC was unable to answer. The Tigers made seven free throws over the final two minutes of the game before ELC finally scored on another basket by Jacobson with 13 seconds remaining. But ELC trailed 47-40 at that point. After two more Tiger free throws, Jacob Heinrichs 3-pointer at the buzzer proved the final tally.

Both teams struggled to score in the first period with Spencer holding a 9-7 lead.

Jayson Moeller and Trevor Friesner combined for ELC's first 16 points with Moeller's second 3-pointer getting ELC to within a point, 17-16, with 1:55 left in the first half. With a chance to take the lead, Moeller drove from the right side and dropped the ball open to a wide-open Bennett Loock. Loock drained the 3-pointer as ELC took its first lead at 19-17. Moeller then went to the bench after picking up his second foul with 1:30 left in the first half. Loock hit the final basket of the first half, another 3-pointer, as ELC led 22-17 at the break.

Spencer scored the first five points of the second half to tie the game. A 3-pointer by Jacob Bosch returned the lead to ELC at 25-22, but Spencer answered and outscored ELC 8-2 the rest of the way to lead 30-27 entering the fourth quarter.

Neither team scored much in the fourth quarter with Spencer working the clock and looking for the best shot.

Moeller's three 3-pointer of the night got ELC to within one at 34-33 with 2:35 left in regulation. Spencer's Chase Hough made two free throws to push the Tiger lead to three, 36-33 with 59 seconds left in the contest. He also had a chance to seal the victory for Spencer, but he missed the front end of a one-and-one with 10 seconds left in the game.

After an ELC timeout, Jacobson dribbled about 8 feet from the top of the key when he let loose with his 3-pointer. The crowd erupted as Spencer still had eight-tenths of a second for a shot, but didn't get it off in time.

Moeller led ELC with 14 points while Loock had eight, Jacobson and Friesner each had seven, Jacob Heinrichs had four and Jacob Bosch had three. Spencer had a nine-point advantage at the free throw line where they were 13-of-19 while ELC was just 4-of-6.

ELC ends the regular season with a 6-15 record and 2-12 in the Lakes Conference.

The Midgets travel to Inwood on Monday to play Okoboji in the first round of the Class 2A Tournament. Game time is 6:30 p.m. with West Sioux and Sibley-Ocheyedan playing in the nightcap at 8 p.m. The winner of the ELC/Okoboji winner will play top-ranked Western Christian on Thursday, Feb. 16 in Hull.



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