Wykons battle past Calumet after getting humbled by Iron Mountain but respond with win
West Iron’s Peyton Williams (2) and Brayden Nelson (3) try to trap Iron Mountain’s Foster Wonders during the teams’ matchup on Feb. 4. The Wykons had great difficulty containing Wonders and teammate Marcus Johnson as two combined for 57 points in an 84-24 rout.
IRON RIVER—No basketball team, from elementary school through the professional ranks, would ever want to experience the humbling nature of a 60-point loss, no matter how good the opponent.
But that’s where the West Iron County Wykon boys found themselves after absorbing an 84-24 shellacking at the hands of defending Division 3 state runner-up and undefeated Iron Mountain on Feb. 4. But in a twist of scheduling fate, the Wykons were given an opportunity to get back on the same court two nights later and they responded with a 56-39 West Pac Conference triumph over Calumet at Charles Greenlund Gymnasium.
“Thank Mother Nature for the snow-out last month, so we had another game right away,” WIC coach Dan Schive said, in reference to the postponement of the Calumet game from Jan. 16. “(Our players) were really antsy before the game because when you take a beating like that, it would have been bad for us to have a week off or something and sit on that one.”
Senior Peyton Williams summed up the Iron Mountain defeat very simply.
“It was tough,” he said.
The Wykons (9-6) got back on the horse 48 hours later and looked much more like themselves, admittedly playing a far less opponent. Williams, especially, shook off some recently scoring troubles by recorded his team’s first six points against the Copper Kings (2-9) as West Iron grabbed a 13-10 lead after the first quarter.
Williams then scored eight more points in the second quarter, including a 3-pointer that may be one of the biggest shots of his season if it helps him regain the perimeter shooting touch that has deserted him recently.