Escanaba holds off Wykons
IRON RIVER—It didn’t take long for things to go off the rails for the West Iron County Wykons in their attempt to battle fourth-ranked Escanaba on Feb. 18. Twenty seconds into the game, West Iron’s Justin Nelson, who at 6-foot-8 had the size to battle the length of the Eskymos, picked up his second foul.
Before the quarter was over, Nelson drew his third foul and retired to the bench for the rest of the first half having scored one point. Meanwhile, Escanaba shot above 50 percent and ran out to a 35-21 lead at halftime.
Still, as bleak as things looked for the Wykons, they found their resolve early in the third quarter and by the 7:25 mark of fourth quarter, West Iron had taken a four-point. But Escanaba sophomore Jared Hanson knocked down three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, including a tie-breaking triple with 1:05 left, to send the Eskymos to a 56-49 victory over the Wykons at Charles Greenlund Gymnasium.
“It’s a mixed bag of emotions because I thought last week that this was a game that we had a shot to win,” WIC coach Dan Schive said. “And a lot of times in the last few years, I didn’t think we had a shot to beat Escanaba because they were so much bigger and thicker than we were. But this year, I really thought we had a shot to beat them.”