Wykons fizzle during third quarter in loss to Kingsford

IRON RIVER—Through one half of its game against Kingsford on Dec. 20, the West Iron County boys basketball team executed crisply on offense and scored 39 points, the most the Wykons have put up in any first half this season.
    But that all dried up in the third quarter when the Flivvers held West Iron to just four points and went on to defeat the Wykons 60-55 in a nonconference clash at Charles Greenlund Gymnasium.
    The loss left the Wykons at 3-3 heading into the holiday break.
    Brayden Nelson got West Iron off and running in the first quarter with six points, while Caden Pellizzer added five. Then in the second quarter, Pellizzer caught fire as he hit three 3-pointers and recorded 12 points to lift the Wykons to a 39-33 advantage at intermission.
    “We got (our players) to where I was comfortable getting them spread out in ‘five-wide’ and we just ran our motion stuff and got good shots,” WIC coach Dan Schive said. “On the other end, I thought we were pretty solid other than we didn’t fight through a couple of picks and let (Tyler) Beauchamp get a couple of looks that we probably could have cleaned up a little bit.”
    Beauchamp rang up 17 of his game-high 22 points in the opening half to balance Pellizzer’s outburst and keep his team close at the break. In the second half, Kingsford’s other top scorer, Luke Terrian, took charge and scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half, including eight in the decisive third quarter.    
    While Terrian got going, the Wykon offense sputtered. Nelson and Nathan Thomson each recorded a bucket, but that was it as the Wykons displayed some of the same issues they did during their previous game, a 42-40 loss to Houghton.
    “The third quarter looked like the other night again,” Schive said. “We just didn’t get any movement, we didn’t get any life. They started pushing Caden farther away from the basket and didn’t let him get the ball in a shooting (range.) And then we just went back into stand mode.”