By BURT ANGELI
FELCH - North Dickinson bottled up struggling West Iron County and posted a 58-44 non-conference boys basketball decision at Carl F. Lemin Gymnasium Thursday.
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West Iron County’s Adam Newby (22) splits the North Dickinson defense of Justin Clark, Derek Wagner (21), Matt Schultz (34) and Logan O’Neil (20) in Thursday’s game at Carl F. Lemin Gymnasium.
The Nordics held the Wykons to just two second-quarter points in claiming a 29-14 halftime cushion. It was more of the same in the third quarter when an 11-0 run sealed the contest.
"We played real well at times and then it got sloppy in the second half," Nordics coach Chris Mattson said. "We were able to get a nice lead going into the second half and concentrated on coming out with some effort.
"We knew West Iron wasn't just going to go away. They played right to the end."
West Iron, which rallied from a halftime deficit to beat North Dickinson last year, went nearly eight minutes without a bucket in the first half before Adam Newby broke the deep freeze.
In the third quarter, West Iron shaved the deficit to 32-21 with five minutes showing and then went scoreless for four minutes to trail 43-21.
"We were supposed to be running the same thing in the first quarter that got us good shots and good baskets (for a 12-12 tie)," WIC Coach Dan Schive said. "I knew they were going to come man (defense). We wanted to get some motion, good shots and good looks, and we got them and we got away from it."
For a six-minute stretch of the second half, West Iron managed one field goal.
"That's effort," Mattson said. "We're playing as a team, defensively speaking. You can see proof of that."
Nordic junior Reggie Johnson lit up the Wykons for 26 points, with 15 coming on five triples. The "sixth man" drained a triple at the first-half buzzer.
"Reggie had his second great game in a row," said Mattson, referring to a 19-point effort against Norway on Dec. 19. "He really sparked us off the bench and hit some big outside shots.
"He's a hard worker and does everything you ask of him. It's nice having some offense come off the bench like that."
Nordics' Noah Berg chipped in eight points and Logan O'Neil had seven points with four steals.
"We feel fortunate we got the lead because they played us even in the second half," said Mattson, his Nordics outscored 30-29.
Adam Newby paced the senior-dominated Wykons with 20 points - eight in the fourth quarter. Ryan Rogers was next with eight.
"That Newby played a heck of a second half," Mattson said. "He helped keep them in the game."
West Iron County (1-5), aiming to snap a five-game losing streak, entertains Florence Monday.
"We're not going to settle for anything less than getting better," said Schive, noting a busy schedule with five games in the next 12 days. "It will get fixed and we will be fine in the big picture."
North Dickinson (3-1) hosts Skyline Conference power North Central on Monday.
"I like the way we're going so far," Mattson said. "They're (North Central) the real deal. Crystal is the real deal."
Lucas Jauquet's 15 points lifted the North Dickinson junior varsity past West Iron County 42-30. Zane Sarafiny led the Wykons with 12.
West Iron 12 2 11 19 - 44
N. Dickinson 12 17 16 13 - 58
WEST IRON COUNTY: Olson 4, Adam Newby 20, Rogers 8, Hopkins 6, Barker 1, Ridolphi 5. FT: 10-15. F: 21.
NORTH DICKINSON: Berg 8, Roell 5, O'Neil 7, Johnson 26, Clark 6, Schultz 5, Bosma 1. FT: 12-27. F: 19.
3-point FG: Roell, Johnson 5, Newby 2. FG shooting: WIC 16 made, ND 20-49. Rebounding: ND 25 (Clark 6).