SPIRIT LAKE - While Estherville Lincoln Central was trying to steal a win on rival Spirit Lake's home floor, the Midgets didn't get inside enough against the Indians, who held on for a 58-46 victory Tuesday.
Adam Reiter, who had 29 points against Emmetsburg two weeks ago, surpassed the 20-point mark again with a 25-point night, including six 3-pointers.
But the Midgets didn't have another player in double digits.
While ELC’s Adam Reiter hit six 3-pointers and the Midgets finished with nine against Spirit Lake, it wasn’t enough in Tuesday’s 58-46 loss.
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"Adam did an excellent job of keeping us in the game," said ELC coach York Plagge. "We just had too many defensive breakdowns."
The Indians jumped out to a 7-0 lead but 3-pointers by Evan Hansen and Adam Reiter pulled ELC within 9-6. After two free throws by Tyler Swanson cut the deficit to one, Reiter hit his second trey to give ELC an 11-9 lead.
A tough basket under the basket by Tucker Milburn gave ELC a 13-9 edge after one quarter.
Matt Burrell opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer and another basket as ELC led 18-11. But then ELC went cold the rest of the half.
Meanwhile the Indians went on a 14-0 run with contributions from Paul Brown, Alex Pringnitz, Sam Harms and Zach Arneson to take a 25-18 lead at the break.
Spirit Lake extended its lead 33-20 early in the third quarter before consecutive 3-pointers by Derek Nieland and Reiter started an 8-0 ELC run to cut the deficit to 33-28.
Alec Henrickson answered with a 3-pointer of his own and Tyler Alger converted a three-point play to push the lead back to double digits, 39-28. Reiter hit one more trey to end the third quarter to cut the deficit back to single digits. He then started the fourth period with a three-point play as ELX got within five, 39-34. After a basket by Brown, Reiter hit his fifth 3-pointer to pull ELC within four, 41-37.
But ELC had another cold spell that proved disaster. Henrickson hit a 3-pointer and scored seven points in a 9-0 Indian run as Spirit Lake pushed the lead to 50-47.
ELC responded with an 8-2 run with Reiter draining his final trey of the night to make it 52-44, but the Indians made their free throws to seal the victory.
Burrell finished eight points and eight rebounds while Hansen had five points, Nieland had four and Swanson and Milburn each had two. ELC had 3-pointers and was 5-of-9 from the free throw line with eight turnovers.
Henrickson led Spirit Lake with 19 points while Arneson had 10, Brown and Pringnitz each had eight, Cole Thate had five, Sam Harms had four, Alger had three and Trevor Smith had one.
Spirit Lake out-rebounded ELC 27-22. The Indians were led by Arneson and Pringnitz with six rebounds each. They had were 8-of-10 from the free throw line and had eight turnovers.
ELC (7-12 overall, 4-8 in the Lakes Conference) travels to LeMars on Friday.
Spirit Lake (13-6 overall, 6-6 in the conference) hosts Emmetsburg on Friday.