Wykons close West Pac slate with losses
The Wykons’ Phil King torques his body around as he tries to get a shot away against Calumet’s defense.
IRON RIVER—One portion of the West Iron County boys basketball team’s 2014-15 schedule is now in the books after the Wykons played their final two West Pac Conference games of the season last week.
Unfortunately for the Wykons, the two games ended in defeat as West Iron finished 1-7 in league play with a home loss to Calumet and a road defeat at Hancock.
The better of the two performances came against the Copper Kings on Feb. 27 in a game postponed from Feb. 13 because of poor weather. The Wykons led most of the way against Calumet (13-5), but were unable to close the deal in a 40-38 setback at Charles Greenlund Gymnasium.
Afterward, Wykons coach Dan Schive said he didn’t want his players to focus excessively on the loss.
“In the scheme of rebuilding this thing, you cannot play well and lose and then hang your head,” Schive said. “You can be upset, but you can’t hang your head.”
“I feel positive because we were in it with a good team, so that means a lot,” said A.J. Weisnicht, who led all scorers with 14 points.
Still, the Wykons were unable to hang on to an eight-point fourth-quarter advantage. Calumet guards Jack Hyrkas and Wyatt Loukus, who both went scoreless through the first three quarters, combined for 17 points down the stretch to sink West Iron’s hopes of an upset.