WIC offensive woes continue
West Iron’s A.J. Weisnicht finds an open lane to the hoop and makes the most of it against Houghton Dec. 22.
IRON RIVER—There are building blocks to any offensive system of basketball – prerequisites that are necessary to construct a functioning team.
Ball-handling is one of those requirements. If a team can’t maintain consistent possession, it can’t get into its offense enough to keep pace with the opponent. Against Houghton on Dec. 22, the Wykons struggled mightily in that area, falling to the Gremlins 64-24 in a West Pac Conference game at Charles Greenlund Gymnasium.
West Iron turned the ball over 41 times against Houghton’s full-court pressure and never got any traction in the game at all. Because of the early onset of turnovers, the Wykons (0-4, 0-2) only got off eight shots in the first quarter and committed 13 turnovers as they trailed 16-7 heading into the second quarter.
“We’ve got guys in spots where we want them to shoot. We just can’t get them the ball because we can’t take care (of the ball) long enough to get it to them,” Wykons coach Dan Schive said.
In falling into a 13-2 hole, West Iron went through a nearly six-minute scoreless stretch during which they committed eight turnovers and had just three shot attempts.
Houghton (4-1, 3-0) came into the game averaging 76 points per game with its full-court, fast-paced style. The Gremlins rely on turning the opposition over and launching a barrage of 3-point shots. Against a Wykon team that has toiled in the early going because of its ball-handling issues, Houghton was simply a bad matchup for West Iron.
A short jumper by Ryan Maki and a 3-point play from Brandon Olson in the last minute of the first quarter cut the deficit to nine, but the Gremlins