IRON RIVER—A big second quarter got West Iron’s boys season off on the right foot at Westwood Dec. 9, and the Wykons defeated the Patriots 55-43 in their only game last week.
The 1-0 Wykons will make up for their quiet first week — and how! — with games against Forest Park and L’Anse this week followed by Houghton and Escanaba during Christmas week.
“I was pretty overjoyed with the first half,” Coach Dan Schive said. “We did what we were supposed to do—moved well with the ball and without the ball.”
Westwood used a press on West Iron much of the time, but the Wykons dealt with it pretty well after the first few minutes. “In the second quarter, we had real good flow.”
The points flowed early: Adam Newby scored six in the first quarter and Andy Ridolphi had four, along with Ryan Rogers’ three-pointer: West Iron led 13-10 after one.
In the second, Newby and Brock Hopkins scored twice each, while the Wykons cashed in on fouls, making 7 of 9 free throw tries, five by Joe Pisoni.
“We were attacking the rim,” said Schive, “and they were double-teaming Andy Ridolphi—so he was just dishing [off to teammates], and we were getting easy buckets.” West Iron led 32-21 at the half.
West Iron had it in cruise control in the second half, trying several different things. Westwood never made a major run. “We played pretty good team basketball,” Schive said.
“And they should. Most of them are seniors, so they should know where each other are going by now.” The Wykons also had strong rebounding: Ridolphi led with 10 rebounds, Hopkins added nine and several others added four or five each.
Newby led WIC’s scoring with 21 points. Ridolphi struck for 10 and was top playmaker with six assists. (With Westwood focused on him, Ridolphi kept passing the ball to open teammates.) Hopkins scored eight and Pisoni and Rogers had five each.
West Iron has developed some set plays for this season. “We ran our ‘Bachman offense,’ and they were comfortable with it. We’ll see in the next four, five games whether it works or not. December’s tough.”
• Indeed. The Wykons visited Forest Park Dec. 16 and will host L’Anse in their home opener this Friday, Dec. 20. Then, a busy Christmas week: They visit Houghton on Dec. 23 and tip off with Escanaba at home Dec. 27. What holiday break?
Wykons 13 19 10 13 -- 55
Patriots 10 11 10 12 -- 43