Emerson-Hubbard Down Cougars


LDNE              11        9          10        22        -52

E-H                  16        13        15        22        -66

 

 

2pt       3pt       FT        Rb        F          TP

Chevy H           2          4          0/1       1          5          16

Alex B              3          0          0/0       7          1          6

Bobby S           1          2          0/1       2          1          8

Taylor F           0          0          0/0       1          2          0

Dakota R         5          0          0/1       2          1          10

Marcus H         2          0          2/6       3          1          6

David B            1          0          0/0       1          1          2

Dylan H            1          0          0/0       0          0          2

Tyler H 1          0          0/0       1          0          2

Cole C             0          0          0/0       2          0          0

Team                16        6          2/9       20        12        52

E-H                  24        4          6/8       34        15        66

 

Through the years Cougar fans have come to recognize that Emerson-Hubbard seems to have a home court advantage when the two teams meet for the season’s final game. Coach Lahm expressed a concern about this road game and it proved to be true as Emerson-Hubbard took the contest by a score of 66-52.

 

If there ever is a snake pit for the Cougar boys to play basketball at, it has to be Emerson-Hubbard.  For the last two decades the Northeast boy have had trouble winning on the E-H court.  There have been buzzer beater shots, missed free throws, and over time games.  Northeast went ten years without a win in the Pirate gym before the Cougars claimed one in 2012.  That game was decided  by free shot as 51 fouls were called and 71 tries shot.  On 13 double bonus situations only one Cougar made both shots.

 

“That was really a bizarre game in 2012,” said Lahm.  “There were hot and cold streaks for both teams and in the fourth quarter nobody could make a pressure free throw.  It was really one of the weirdest games I have ever coached in.”

 

Coming into the game the (11-10) Cougars should have been a heavy favorite over the (6-15) Pirates.  Northeast scored on four of five possessions and took an 8-4 led.  All their points came from the paint as Riecken scored twice and Brehmer and Simpson each put in a runner.

 

Things changed after the Pirates went to a zone defense.  They out scored the Cougars 12 to 3 as they closed out the period with six straight points after a trifecta by Bobby Simpson had given Northeast an 11-10 lead.

 

Lyons-Decatur spent the next two quarters struggling to penetrated the Pirate’s defense.
They had five passes intercepted in the second period.  At the half, Northeast trailed by  score of 29-20.  In the third period the Cougars cut the lead to five with an 8-4 run.  After Alex Brehmer’s second basket of the period, the Pirate lead stood at 35-30 with 3:20 left in the period.   E-H heated up and scored on their final four shots and took a 44-30 lead.

 

The Pirates’ fourteen point margin stood up in the fourth period as the teams traded points.  Chevy Henneman got the hot hand and scored 11 of his team-high 16 points for the Cougars.

 

It was a tough shooting night for the Cougars who made only 22 of 48 shots and went 2 of 9 from the line.  This was compounded by the Pirates 34 to 20 advantage on the boards.  E-H made 28 of 49 from the field.

 

The Cougar head into a sub-district game against Walthill on February 25.  The (10-8) Blujays had beaten Emerson-Hubbard 74-51 the previous week.

About katcountryhub
I am a graduate of Northeast Community College with a degree in journalism. I am married to Jeff Gilliland. We have two grown children, Justin and Whitney and four grandchildren, Grayce, Grayhm, Charli and Penelope. I will be covering Lyons, Decatur, Bancroft and Rosalie and am hoping to expand my horizons as time progresses!

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