Talented Eskymos too much for Wykons

IRON RIVER—Sometimes a basketball team faces an opponent that is simply more talented, an opponent that provides a challenge that will require a near-perfect effort to overcome.
    That was the case Jan. 2 for the West Iron County boys basketball team when the Escanaba Eskymos invaded Charles Greenlund Gymnasium. WIC coach Dan Schive certainly knew as much - that the big and skilled Eskymos were going to be a handful.
    “I knew this was going to be a battle, and I tried to get across to the kids that they had to fight for every possession,” Schive said. “It had to be a one-possession war. And then you go down to the other end and play a one-possession war on the other end.”
    In the end, the Wykons gave away too many of those possession with turnovers and simply did not have the depth to keep pace with Escanaba (5-1), falling 77-57 in the nonconference matchup. West Iron played with the Eskymos into the third quarter, but foul problems, untimely turnovers and fatigue eventually wore down the Wykons, who fell to 3-3 on the season.
    West Iron got off to a quick start and took a 6-3 lead on buckets by Brayden Nelson, James Swanson and Caden Pellizzer. But the Eskymos, who have now recorded five double-digit victories to go with their loss to Marquette, quickly showed their offensive capabilities by scoring 18 of the next 24 points to take a 21-12 lead late in the first quarter.

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