May 29, 2024

West Central boys basketball wins third straight

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The West Central Area boys basketball team moved to 3-1 overall after two wins last week. The Knights beat Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday, Dec. 6 then topped Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta in West Central Conference boys basketball action Friday, Dec. 9, in Morris.

The Knights host Hillcrest Tuesday, Dec. 15, in Barrett and close out the week at Staples-Motley Friday, Dec. 16.

WCA 53

MACA 48

The WCA Knights picked up a 53-48 road win over the Morris Area/ Chokio-Alberta Tigers on Friday night.  The Knights built a 31-21 lead in the first half. The Tigers scored six straight points to cut it to 31-27 until the Knights scored at the halftime buzzer to lead 33-27 at the half.  

Coach Kraig Hunter said, “Nas Dotts and Sam Hanson both made some key plays down the stretch on the defensive end to help us get stops to seal the win.  We were at a big size disadvantage tonight which we will be all year in this conference. We had some trouble with their size and  have to keep working on dealing with that. I love how when we don’t play our best, our kids still know how to win tight games.”

Scoring for the Knights were Cole Anderson with 14, Jacob Strunk 10, Nasir Dotts 9, Bryce Kjesbo 9, Mitch Dewey 5, Sam Hanson 4, and Ben Bye 2.

Anderson completed a double double by grabbing 10 rebounds to go along with his 14 points. Other rebound leaders were Strunk with 6, and Dotts and Kjesbo with 5 each. Dotts, Dewey, Anderson, and Roman Mihailovschi all had 2 assists. Dotts was the defensive leader with 5 steals and took two charges. Sam Hanson had 2 steals and took a charge as well.

The Knights were 19-53 from the field for 36%, while the Tigers were 18-47 for 38%.  The Knights were able to hit six 3s while the Tigers only hit 2. The Knights were 9-15 from the free throw line and the Tigers were 10-21.

WCA 74

WDC 47

The WCA Knights led 33-23 at the half vs Wadena-Deer Creek and then came out and dominated the second half with a 31-11 start, building a 64-34 lead en route to a 74-47 victory.  

“Our depth wore them down.  We tried to push the pace and keep putting fresh guys in and we just mentally wore them down.  We played hard and had many guys contribute to a team win again,” said Knights Coach Kraig Hunter.

The Knights made 34-66 shots for 49% including draining seven 3s.  The Wolverines hit 20-49 for 41% and made five 3s.  The Knights had 40 rebounds to 29 for the Wolverines. The biggest difference in the game is how well the Knights took care of the ball with only 8 turnovers while their defense turned the Wolverines over 19 times.

Jacob Strunk led the Knights with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals, and 4 assists. Cole Anderson added 16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals, and Bryce Kjesbo was also in double figures with 13 points, while grabbing 6 rebounds and getting 3 steals.  Mitch Dewey added 8 points, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Ben Bye had 7 points, 3 rebounds, and an assist.  Rounding out the scoring for the Knights were Roman Mihailovschi 3, Nasir Dotts 2, Cash Nelson 2, Damon Sanstead 2, and Sam Hanson 2.  Mihailovschi added 2 steals and Sanstead and Brett Amundson each had 3 rebounds.

Scoring for Wadena-Deer Creek were Peyton Church 10, Kobe Snyder 10, Teshome Loer 9, Nathaniel Peterson 8, Phillip Ross 4, Lyrek Haug 2, Isaac Hamann 2, and Simon Kreklau 2.

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