WIC tops Flivvers, falls to Calumet
IRON RIVER—Every once in a while during a basketball season, there are games in which everything seems to go right. Shots fall, the ball bounces the right way, and everyone seems to have a grand old time.
For the West Iron County boys basketball team, that game came against the Kingsford Flivvers on Feb. 11. The Wykons hit 10 of their first 11 shots, nearly scored 80 points and had seven players get into the scoring column as they ran post the Flivvers 79-58 in a nonconference game at Charles Greenlund Gymnasium.
To begin, junior Justin Nelson had the offensive night of his young career, knocking down 10 of 15 shots from the field and 9 of 10 from the line on his way to a career-high 31 points. It’s the most points scored by a Wykon since AJ Weisnicht scored 34 in a victory over Florence during the 2016-17 season (that game was played with two 18-halves under Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association rules, as opposed to the four eight-minute quarters in MHSAA rules.)
Additionally, West Iron (9-6) put up a season-best total, which included a career-high 11 points by senior Dolan Dobson and the first five points in the career of Spanish exchange student Mario Fidalgo Galan.
Nelson hit a 3-pointer to open the scoring and before the first quarter was complete, he had already scored 12 points as the Wykons jumped out to a 25-13 lead.
“I thought the whole game was who was going to control the tempo of the game,” WIC coach Dan Schive said. “I don’t know if I liked the tempo, but it seems to be pretty comfortable for us. And then when Justin got off, then the game became a lot easier.”
“Obviously, we had a height advantage out there,” Nelson said. “And (my teammates) were able to get me the ball. They just got me the ball and they said score, so that’s what I did.”
And he kept scoring. Nelson knocked down another jumper and a layup early in the second quarter to keep the Wykon lead at 12. He then later recorded a three-point play in the post to finish with 19 points in the opening half as West Iron took a 44-24 lead into the locker room.