HULL - ?The second half of the season opened in furious fashion for Emmetsburg's E-Hawks Tuesday night, but ended up in a disappointing, 56-53 loss to the Wolfpack of Western Christian. The loss continued a trend of close disappointments for the E-Hawks, who played their second game without the services of Jake Jackson, who continues to recuperate from illness.
Tuesday's meeting of the E-Hawks and Wolfpack took a little bit to get going, as neither team scored for nearly 3:00 to start the contest, but when the lid was pried off the buckets, the two teams began hitting. Western would come out to a 10-9 lead at the end of the first quarter, with Emmetsburg matching shots through the second quarter.
With time running out in the half, the E-Hawks trailed by a trio. but Michael Pugh picked up where he left off before the holiday break and calmly knocked down a three to tie the game at 28-28 to go into the break.
E-Hawk Zach Overberg fights his way through the Western Christian defense for two of his 10 points in Emmetsburg’s 56-53 loss at Hull Tuesday night. --Dan Voigt photo
Emmetsburg would come out in the second half and played solidly in the third quarter, matching Western Christian and then taking their first lead of the night midway through the quarter.
The E-Hawks would hold on to the lead jealously, taking a two-point advantage into the final quarter, 44-42.
The final eight minutes saw both teams battle fiercely down the stretch, with Western Christian retaking the lead, but Emmetsburg refused to surrender and fought back, tying the game inside of 3:00.
As the clock wound down, Emmetsburg closed the gap to a bucket, only to see the Wolfpack drain a three-pointer, but the E-Hawks would fight back, only to run out of time as Western Christian would go into a delay game with a five point advantage.
The E-Hawks would get the ball and cut the Wolfpack lead to three with :12 to go, but wouldn't be able to engineer any magic to erase the last three points for the tough 56-53 setback.
Emmetsburg would get a 15-point effort from senior Ryan Kliegl, while senior teammate Zach Overberg added 10 points to the effort. Jake Carlson and Marcus Akridge both battled to add nine points each to the E-Hawk tally, while Michael Pugh chipped in six points. Austin Krause would score two points along with Brady Berkland to round out the E-Hawk effort.
The E-Hawks would make eight trips to the free throw line in the contest and converted six of those attempts, while Western Christian got 20 opportunities at the charity stripe and made 16 of their shots.
Emmetsburg returns home to host Manson Northwest Webster in non-conference action tonight (Thursday) and then return to Lakes Conference play Friday by hosting Spirit Lake.