(Harlan) Blake Esbeck’s two three-point shots in overtime gave Atlantic the edge over Harlan 71-69 Tuesday night in a thriller at Harlan. The fans certainly got their money’s worth as both teams played with a lot “want to,” the entire game,which came down to some big three point shots by the Trojans in overtime.
The Cyclones jumped out to an early lead sparked by post player Seth Lansman’s 11-first half points.
Atlantic trailed by as many as 12-points in the second half before mounting a comeback. Dalton Franken’s (pictured) three point set shot with 3:25 left in regulation tied the game at 52-52. Josh Bruck hit a three point shot for Harlan moments later to take a 55-52 lead, before Franken again nailed down a three point shot to tie the game at 55-55, and took a 57-55 on Dalton Frankens two free throws with 2:19 to go. Atlantic capitalized on 8-three point shots in the second half, 13 for the game.
The Trojans lead 60-58 with seconds remaining on the clock before Harlan senior point guard Zach Osborn weaved his way into the lane and knocked down a layup to tie the game at 60-60 and send it into overtime.
The Cyclones jumped out in front in overtime, but Blake Esbeck’s two-three- pointers, including the game winner with 5-seconds left was enough to lift the Trojans to a 71-69, overtime win.
Dalton Franken led all scorers for Atlantic with 23-points, Chad Christensen and Blake Esbeck popped in 14-each. Sam Markham chipped in 9-points, along with some outstanding defensive plays, including a key block late in the ballgame.
Harlan had five players in double figures including; Seth Lansman, 20, Zach Osborn, 13, and Josh and Ben Bruck, 12-each.
The Trojans extend their record to 15-2, and 9-1 in the conference. Harlan’s record falls to 11-5, and 7-3 in the Hawkeye Ten Conference. Atlantic faces another tough test Friday, when they host Lewis Central. Harlan is idle Friday night.
Atlantic Head Coach Steve Blazek's post game interview