May 25, 2024

WCA boys move to 3-0 with two wins last week

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The West Central Area boys basketball team added two wins last week to move to 3-0 on the year. The Knights beat Staples-Motley Tuesday, Dec. 7 and added a Pheasant Conference win over Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley Thursday, Dec. 9.

Through three games, Nas Dotts and Jacob Strunk have been extra impressive, WCA coach Kraig Hunter noted. The two earned the first week of team awards.

Nas Dotts earned the team’s Maddog award.

“Our toughness awards for the first week go to Nasir Dotts for the Maddog award. In three games, Nas continually created havoc for our opponents by getting 15 steals, 15 rebounds, and 12 deflections,” WCA coach Kraig Hunter said.

WCA’s Post Player of the Week was Jacob Strunk.

“Jacob creates many extra possessions with his offensive rebounding. He had nine rebounds against Menahga and six rebounds against CGB and a total of ten offensive rebounds for the week. Jacob also played good defense on our opponents post players and got 13 steals in the first three games,” Hunter said.

The Knights, 3-0, played Minnewaska Tuesday, Dec. 14, in Barrett, and next will play Ortonville Thursday, Dec. 16, in Barrett before traveling to Morris to take on the undefeated Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tigers Friday, Dec. 17. The Knights travel to Hillcrest Lutheran Tuesday, Dec. 21, in Fergus Falls.

       WCA – 69

Staples-Motley – 42

The West Central Area Knights built a 46-18 halftime lead and won 69-42 against the Staples-Motley Cardinals on Tuesday, Dec. 7, in Barrett.

“Our defensive pressure was very good. We were very active and totally disrupted their offense in the first half,” WCA coach Kraig Hunter said. “When we had the ball, they tried man-to-man and zone against us and I felt we moved the ball very well in both, getting assists on many of our baskets. We got to play all 14 players for extensive minutes in the second half. We are playing well as a team so far with everyone being very unselfish and all 14 guys contributing.”

The Knights made 26-of-54 shots for 48 percent and hit 9–for-26 threes for 35 percent.

The Cardinals made 16-of-44 shots for 37 percent while connecting on just 2-of-20 from range. 

The Knights held a 33-29 edge on the boards and forced the Cardinals into 25 turnovers to aid in the win.

Cole Anderson scored 17 points, dished out three assists, and collected three steals. Ryder Staples had 16 points with nine rebounds while Cam Anderson also finished in double figures with 10 points.

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