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E-Hawks Fall to Cherokee, Defeat GTRA

December 17, 2019
By Joseph Schany , Emmetsburg News

By Joseph Schany

The Emmetsburg E-Hawk boys' team would fall short on Tuesday, Dec. 3, in a 52-43 setback to a tough Cherokee Washington team.

The E-Hawks kept a solid pace with the Braves throughout the first quarter, putting 12 points on the board to Cherokee's 14. In the second, Emmetsburg would gain the advantage and outscore the Braves 18 to 11, heading into the break with a 30-25 lead. The E-Hawks would struggle to find their footing in the third quarter, only scoring five points offensively while losing the rebound battle defensively. The fourth quarter would see the E-Hawks miss a couple of crucial shots to end the game trailing by nine.

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TAKE THE SHOT - Ben Dunlap nails two shots from the free throw line during Friday’s victory over the Titans, 63-49. Dunlap made 12 of 15 from the free throw line and put up a total of 28 points on the night. -- Joseph Schany photo

"We played really hard," said Head Coach Bill Geelan. "We just didn't finish out the game."

Added Geelan, "I'm really proud of our effort against a tough team."

The E-Hawks would score six of 15 from the 3-point line, five of eight from the free throw line. Defensively, Emmetsburg played aggressively under the net, grabbing 31 total rebounds during the contest.

Junior Ben Dunlap would put 15 points on the board, hitting four of six from the free throw line and hitting one of three 3-point attempts. Dunlap would grab seven rebounds under the net. Fellow junior Lex Kassel went one of four at the 3-point line, putting up nine points on the night, also grabbing seven rebounds.

Freshman Sean Europa hit two of three 3-point shots, adding six points to Emmetsburg's score.

The E-Hawks traveled to Ruthven High School on Friday night, Dec. 6, beating the Titans of Graettinger-Terill/Ruthven-Ayrshire (GTRA), 63-49. Emmetsburg would find much more success offensively, outscoring the Titans in the first half of play, 34-18. The E-Hawks would hold the Titans to just four points during the second quarter alone, while putting 18 points on the board. After the break, the Titans would keep pace with Emmetsburg, but the E-Hawks would maintain control of the ball and finish out the game with a 14 point lead.

Dunlap would again lead the charge for the E-Hawks, scoring 28 points on the night. Dunlap went 12 for 15 from the free throw line while grabbing 11 rebounds. Europa put up 10 points, including two of three from the free throw line. Kassel added nine points to the board, hitting one of two 3-point attempts, and grabbed five rebounds under the basket.

Next, the E-Hawks will have played the Spencer Tigers on Monday night, Dec. 9, at Emmetsburg High School. Details will follow in this Thursday's Democrat.



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