Wykons nipped at Ishpeming
IRON RIVER—A nonconference finale to the regular season of a high school basketball season can often become a throwaway game. Players often begin peeking forward to the postseason, and some coaches start preparation for their tournament opponent well in advance of the actual game.
But neither the West Iron County Wykons nor the Ishpeming Hematites could be accused of taking that approach to their regular-season closer, as the teams battled to the wire before the Hematites secured a 54-53 win over the Wykons in Ishpeming on Feb. 27.
“It was a war right from square one,” WIC coach Dan Schive said. “If you like high school basketball, that was a good game to watch because it was a triple here, a triple there, a steal, a layup, a dunk here, a dunk there. Everybody played hard, and it was competitive all the way through.”
Not that the Wykons, who ended the regular-season at .500 with a 10-10 mark, were happy about the loss, especially the way the final moments transpired. Tied at 53-all with 41 seconds to play in regulation, West Iron called a timeout. Schive said he advised his team to play either for a layup or a last-second shot, but the shot, a 3-point attempt, came with about 13 seconds left.
Ishpeming gathered the rebound and called timeout. With six seconds left, Hematite senior Hart Holmgren was fouled and hit the front end of a one-and-one.