Wolfpack Defeat Ewing Boys in NVC Tourney Opener

SPENCER — Coach Mark Schmitt knew this game would come. When the Wolfpack would put it all together.

For four quarters they did that and more to avenge an earlier season loss to Ewing, winning 57 to 34 in the opening round of the NVC Boys Basketball Tournament.

Having been burned for a double-double by Ewing senior post player Troy Thramer in their first meeting, the Wolfpack held the 6’5” Tiger to just six points this time around.

The Wolfpack outscored Ewing in all four quarters to earn their third victory of the season. EPPJ led 32 to 19 at halftime, then sealed the victory by outscoring the Tigers 25 to 15 in the second half.

“Another outstanding defensive effort by our team,” Coach Mark Schmitt said. “We held Ewing to a season low 34 points and their star big man to 6 points. Offensively we were very sharp moving the ball, getting open shots and they finally started falling. This is the team I knew was hiding in there somewhere. An awesome effort and win for our team.”

Nick Heithoff led the Wolfpack with 14 points, teammate Lee Bartak tossed in 13.

The Tigers were led by Blake Cunningham who scored 16 points.

The victory boosted the Wolfpack’s record to 3-13. Ewing fell to 7-8 with the loss.