IRON RIVER—Going into last week, West Iron boys Coach Dan Schive knew that with games scheduled at Escanaba and L’Anse, his Wykons were in for a long week.
They were. Escanaba earned an 85-48 win on Feb. 11, and L’Anse, which is battling Houghton for the West Pac title, took a 62-40 win over West Iron on Feb. 14.
West Iron fell to 3-14 for the season and is 0-7 in the West Pac Conference.
At Escanaba, the Wykons played even with the Eskymos in the first quarter, tying the score 14-14 on Ryan Rogers’ shot at the horn. But Esky started the second quarter with back-to-back threes by Sam Molnar and Ben Kleiman and had built up a 35-23 lead by halftime.
The home side thrived on three-pointers, fired mostly from the corners. By the end of the game, Escanaba had canned 12 3-pointers, four by Kleiman. Brandon Robinette led Escanaba with 17 points, and Kleiman backed him up with 16.
In the final three quarters, Esky outscored the Wykons 71-34 Rogers led West Iron with 12 points (two 3-pointers), Andy Ridolphi scored eight, and Adam Newby had seven.
Wykons 14 9 15 10 -- 48
Eskymos 14 21 24 26 -- 85
At L’Anse, the Wykons played even-up with the Purple Hornets in the first half and only trailed 24-20 at halftime.
The second half was a different story, though, as the Hornets scored 38 points to West Iron’s 20. Ryan LaBerge scored 13 for L’Anse, Daniel Perrow had 12 and Jimmy Veker scored 11.
West Iron struggled against the Hornets’ zone defense. Ridolphi led the Wykons with 12 points, Brock Hopkins scored 11 and Newby had eight.
Wykons 11 9 8 12 -- 40
P.Hornets 9 15 18 20 -- 62
• West Iron hosted Norway in a make-up game Feb. 17 and finishes its home season against Hancock Feb. 21. The regular season ends at Ishpeming Feb. 25.