Eskymos rout WIC

Boys basketball


STAMBAUGH — A strong first quarter set the tone for the Escanaba boys Tuesday night as they rolled to a 77-57 basketball triumph over the West Iron County Wykons.

Esky led 23-17 after the opening frame and 37-28 at halftime of the non-conference contest.

“This was a good win for us on the road,” said Esky coach Tracy Hudson. “We were a little worried about this game because we knew they had some good athletes, and they’ve been in some low scoring games. We wanted to push the tempo. We were real active on defense and got off to a good start. The first quarter has been a real strength for us in most games.”

Austin Willette scored a career-high 19 points for the Eskymos (5-1). Ryan Robinette added 15 points (all in the first half) and 11 assists and Jared Nash had 11 points. Ben Willis led in rebounding with 10

“I thought our big guys did a nice job and our guards, especially Ryan, did a nice good job getting the ball inside and Tyler McDonald gave us key minutes off the bench,” said Hudson. “We had 21 turnovers. We’ll need to clean that up before Thursday. Although, our guards did a good job handling the ball. The kids are willing to share the ball and take care of each other.”

Caden Pellizzer paced the Wykons (2-2) with 18 points. Neil Tomasoski had 14 and Steve Nelson had nine points and 13 boards.

“Nelson is 6-foot-8 and very athlete, but I thought we did a pretty good job being physical with him,” said Hudson.

Esky, which also won the jayvee game 70-30, hosts Negaunee Thursday. The Wykons, who committed 23 turnovers, host Norway Monday.

Escanaba 21 16 18 22 — 77

West Iron 15 13 8 21 — 57

Escanaba — Robinette 15, Fedell 8, Kamin 9, Willis 9, Thompson 2, Nash 11, Willette 19, Rose 3, Hirn 1, McDonald 2. FT: 8-13; F: 16; Fouled out: Technical foul: Robinette; None; 3-point field goal: Robinette 2, Fedell 2, Kamin 2, Rose.

West Iron County — Pellizer 18, Swanson 4, B. Nelson 8, Tomasoski 14, S. Nelson 9, McCarthy 2, Forte 2. FT: 16-20; F: 12; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Pellizer 3.