July 18, 2024

Knight boys streak to four straight wins

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The West Central Area Knight boys basketball team moved to 11-2 on the year with wins over Wheaton/Herman-Norcross and Underwood last week. The Knights beat Wheaton/H-N 58-53 Thursday, Jan. 20 and Underwood 83-48 Saturday, Jan. 22 for their fourth straight win.

The Knights, 11-2, played at Ashby Monday, Jan. 24, and next will host Ortonville and Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley Thursday and Friday, Jan. 27 and 28, in Barrett.

WCA – 58

Wheaton/H-N – 53

West Central Area opened the game with a 7-3 lead and never relinquished it en route to a 58-53 win over Wheaton/H-N Thursday, Jan. 20, in Barrett.

The Knights led 27-25 at the half and extended their biggest lead to 47-36 in the second half.

“We are pleased to get the win,” Knight coach Kraig Hunter said. “After several school cancellations, we haven’t played a game in nine days and we’ve only practiced one day for an hour and (Wednesday) for two hours in the last week. We were a bit rusty, but the kids played very hard.”

The three-ball was falling for the Knights against the Warriors as WCA connected on 40 percent from deep. WCA was 8-for-20 from the three-point line and 20-for-46 from the floor. The Warriors were just 34 percent from the floor, connecting on 18-for-53 and just 4-for-22 from the three-point line.

“As we’ve done all year, it was a total team effort with every player seeing the floor making contributions at key moments throughout the game,” Hunter said.

Cam Anderson led the Knights with 16 points, three rebounds, three assists, and took a charge. Cole Anderson recorded a double-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds, and took two charges. 

“Cole was huge (Thursday). Both Ryder Staples and Jake Strunk were in foul trouble most of the night forcing us to play a small line up and Cole played big for us in their absence,” Hunter said.

Staples added nine points, five rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Mitch Dewey also played big off the bench with seven points, four rebounds, a steal, and three deflections. Nas Dotts added five points, two rebounds, two steals and led the team with 4 assists. Strunk had three points, three rebounds, three assists, and a steal while Bryce Kjesbo added three points and three rebounds and Isaac Kreft added two points.

Dylan Bainbridge led the Warriors with 21 points. Andrew Walker-Hanneman had 12 as the Warriors fall to 6-4.

WCA 27 31 – 58

WHN 25 28 – 53

TOTALS – WCA – FG – 20-46; Three-point FG – 8-20; FT – 10-19; Rebounds – 33; Turnovers – 8; WHN – FG – 18-53; Three-point FG – 4-22; FT – 13-16; Rebounds – 37; Turnovers – 10

WCA – Cam Anderson – 16 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists; Cole Anderson – 13 points, 11 rebounds; Ryder Staples – 9 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals; Mitch Dewey – 7 points, 4 rebounds, 3 deflections; Nas Dotts – 5 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 4 assists; Jacob Strunk – 3 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal; Bryce Kjesbo – 3 points, 3 rebounds; Isaac Kreft – 2 points

WHN SCORING – Dylan Bainbridge – 21; Andrew Walker-Hanneman – 12; Clint Determan – 8; Zach Braaten – 6; Hunter Rinke – 6

WCA – 83

Underwood – 48

The West Central Area Knights defeated the Underwood Rockets 83-48 Saturday, Jan. 22, in Barrett.

The Knights jumped on the Rockets quickly, cruising to a 53-31 halftime lead. The Knights hit 36-of-70 from the field for 51 percent and connected on 8-of-22 from three-point range for 36 percent in the game. 

The Rockets also shot the ball really well, Hunter said. Underwood went 18-of-35 shots for 51 percent and made 7-of-15 from deep for 46 percent. The difference was 32 turnovers by the Rockets.

“Underwood is a skilled young team that can really shoot the ball well,” Hunter said. “The difference was that we got up twice as many shots since we were able to get 15 offensive rebounds and forced 32 turnovers.”

The Knights had four players in double figures with Ryder Staples leading with 21 points. Cole Anderson had his second double-double of the week with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Nas Dotts had 14 points to go with seven assists and six steals, and Cam Anderson finished with 13 points.

Underwood was led by Cole Peterson and Kaleb Hammes with 12 points each.

Underwood 31 17 – 48

WCA 53 30 – 83

TOTALS – WCA – FG – 36-70; Three-point FG – 8-22; FT – 3-5; Rebounds – 33; Turnovers – 13; Underwood – FG – 18-35; Three-point FG – 7-15; FT – 5-11; Rebounds – 21; Turnovers – 32

WCA – Ryder Staples – 21 points, 4 steals, 3 assists; Cole Anderson – 17 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals; Nas Dotts – 14 points, 7 assists, 6 steals; Cam Anderson – 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals; Mitch Dewey – 9 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals; Bryce Kjesbo – 4 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 assist; Roman Mihailovschi – 3 points, 1 rebound; Brett Amundson – 2 points; Isaac Kreft – 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Damon Sanstead – 2 rebounds; Dane Anderson – 1 rebound; Brady Lindquist – 1 rebound; Brayden Stark – 1 rebound; Tyler Biss – 1 rebound

UNDERWOOD SCORING – Cole Peterson – 12; Kaleb Hammes – 12; Gavin Pausch – 7; Owen Harig – 6; Evan Lundgren – 6; Hudson Risbrudt – 3; Drew Evavold – 2

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