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Hunter disappointed in WCA opener

The West Central Area boys’ basketball team has a talented roster, but the Knights didn’t get off on the right foot in a 64-51 loss to Hillcrest Lutheran Academy last Tuesday night.

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The Comets led 26-22 at the half and extended that lead after the break. They outrebounded the Knights 42-22 with 17 of those coming on the offensive glass. That coupled with 15-of-48 shooting, including a 6-for-24 night from three, made it a long night for West Central Area.

“Hillcrest dominated us and outplayed us in every aspect of the game,” head coach Kraig Hunter said. “It was very disheartening to get outhustled and outrebounded that bad as those two things are usually strengths of ours. We also shot the ball as poorly as we could shoot it.”

Daniel Nersten was the catalyst behind the win for Hillcrest. He finished with a game-high 30 points, while teammate Jake Isaac had 10 and Chris Tungseth finished with eight.

Dakotah Kashmark and Jay Zimmerman each had 16 points to lead the Knights. Austin Redepenning added 11 on a night when not a lot went right for the Knights.

“We missed numerous bunnies inside and many wide open looks at the three-point line,” Hunter said. “I would like to say that was due to this being our first game, but that is just an excuse as we are a veteran team and that shouldn’t happen.”

The Knights will have an opportunity to bounce back with two games this week. They were home against Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg last night, Tuesday, before welcoming in Hancock on Thursday night.


WCA 22 29 – 51

TOTALS – Hillcrest – FG – 22-51; Three-point FG – 3-13; FT – 17-25; Rebounds – 42; Turnovers – 12; WCA – FG – 15-48; Three-point FG – 6-24; FT – 15-22; Rebounds – 22; Turnovers – 14

WCA – Kashmark – 16 points, 4 assists, 2 steals; Zimmerman – 16 points; Redepenning – 11 points; Brady Combs – 6 points, 6 rebounds; Ben Anderson – 2 points

HILLCREST – Nersten – 30 points; Isaac – 10 points; Tungseth – 8 points; Evan Newman – 7 points; Evan Malmstrom – 6 points; Evan Hart – 3 points

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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