The West Central Area boys basketball team is proving after a close opening-season loss to Ashby that it has pieces to be a good team again this year.
The Knights (2-1) dominated for a second straight game on Monday night, this time beating Ortonville (1-2) in a 69-38 final. WCA moved to 2-0 in the Pheasant Conference with the win after jumping out to a 36-16 lead by the half.
“We had great contributions from everyone,” head coach Kraig Hunter said. “We were not only balanced in scoring, but we had good balance in rebounding and assists as everyone was distributing the ball. We also had several guys with two or three steals, so we were active as a team on the defensive end as well.”
Senior guard Grant Beuckens had 17 points and five assists, and senior forward Tate Christenson matched him with 17 points. Christenson added six rebounds, four assists and three steals, and junior Ryder Staples had 11 points, seven rebounds, three steals, three blocks and two assists. Brady Reeve had a team-high 10 rebounds to go with seven points.
“Brady does so many little things that you don’t always see in the stats,” Hunter said. “He played tough post defense once again. He set some great screens to get guys open and he draws a lot of double teams, which opens up our other shooters.”
The Knights will try to keep up their solid play when they host Hancock on Thursday night at 7:30 in Barrett. The Owls are 3-0 with a win at Parkers Prairie (2-1) on their resume on Jan. 18.
WCA 36 33 - 69
ORTONVILLE 16 22 - 38
TOTALS - WCA - FG - 26-57; Three-point FG - 9-22; FT - 8-11; Rebounds - 41; Ortonville - FG - 14-48; Three-point FG - 3-20; FT - 7-12; Rebounds - 26
WCA - Grant Beuckens - 17 points, 5 assists; Tate Christenson - 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals; Ryder Staples - 11 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists, 3 blocks; Jacob Strunk - 9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals; Brady Reeve - 7 points, 10 rebounds; Xander Bontjes - 5 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists; Cole Anderson - 3 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals; Isaac Kreft - 1 rebound; Peyton Hanson - 1 rebound
ORTONVILLE SCORING - Owen Longnecker - 12; Micah Heinrich - 11; Keegan Haaman - 8; Caleb Edwards - 2; Nathan Miska - 2; Zack Anderson - 2; Orv Boots - 1