Wykons head into tough stretch on win streak
West Iron’s Caden Pellizzer (2) and Dolan Dobson (12) battle for a rebound in the Wykons’ 52-47 win over Norway.
IRON RIVER—The West Iron County boys basketball team is about to embark on the most difficult stretch of its regular season, beginning with Tuesday’s road contest with unbeaten and top-ranked Iron Mountain. But the Wykons will do so on a four-game winning streak after scoring a pair of home victories last week.
In the first game of the week, James Swanson scored a career-high 21 points to lead three double-digit scorers as the Wykons handled Hancock 61-43 on Jan. 22 at Charles Greenlund Gymnasium. Three nights later, Caden Pellizzer scored 15 points and Nathan Thomson hit a driving layup with a minute to play and added two free throws later to help the Wykons (7-4) fend off Norway 52-47 in a game also played in Iron River.
WIC coach Dan Schive spoke of the importance of the winning streak heading into games against Iron Mountain, Ishpeming, Kingsford, Calumet and Escanaba.
“It’s massive,” Schive said. “Huge. Huge. Because we have a five or six-game set of really hard games coming up. I mean, real competitive hard games.”
Against Hancock, the Bulldogs (2-12) scored the first three points of the game, but the Wykons answered with a 14-0 run to grab early control. Swanson recorded eight points and dished out two assists during the stretch, while Williams added four points and Pellizzer nailed a jumper.
West Iron pushed the pace against Hancock and scored several buckets in transition during the contest.
“It looked to me like while they were warming up that they didn’t look like they were really going to want to run very much,” Schive said.” And plus, if we run it gets us into the game quicker instead of just walking the ball up the floor. And if we can get quick baskets, it just helps.”