With its best player on the bench with an injury in the third quarter, Ellsworth still found a way to persevere on Tuesday.
Holding onto a 29-27 lead with Chrystian Kulow on the bench, the Panthers held off Baldwin-Woodville for the 47-44 Middle Border Conference road victory.
“It was a tough batter for the guys,” said Ellsworth head coach Corey Enberg, who picked up his first victory on Tuesday. “The rest of our guys had to step up and they stepped up to the challenge. They played good five-man basketball, which was nice to see.”
Pacing the Panthers was Kyle Murphy, who scored 10 of his team-high 17 points from the free-throw line while also grabbing eight rebounds and blocking two shots. Evan Klawitter added eight points, and Nick Taranto finished with seven points and eight boards in the victory.
“I enjoy coaching and watching the guys play as a team,” Enberg said, “and they worked hard tonight and deserved the win.”
Ellsworth (1-1, 1-0 MBC) travel to Red Wing on Dec. 3 in a border battle.