Boys basketball roundup: Cole Anderson's perfect night from the field leads West Central Area past Warriors

Anderson shot 10-of-10 and finished with 29 points as the Knights beat a 15-7 Wheaton-Herman-Norcross team on the road.

Cole Anderson
Cole Anderson

WHEATON — The West Central Area boys basketball team got a perfect night from the field from junior guard/forward Cole Anderson when the Knights knocked off a 15-7 Wheaton-Herman-Norcross team on Saturday.

West Central Area (18-4) won 67-60 by shooting 47% from the field. Anderson was 10-of-10 on his way to a game-high 29 points to go with 5 rebounds and 2 steals.

“We are really proud of our team’s effort going on the road and beating a quality team like Wheaton,” WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said. “Cole Anderson probably doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. He just goes to work, does his job and gives us consistent performances night in and night out. They all contribute in so many ways. All year, these guys have been a true team in that way. An example of this is Jake Strunk tonight. He didn’t get a lot of offensive opportunities, but he was out there rebounding and playing defense and that’s what they all do.”

Cam Anderson added 11 points for WCA. Strunk finished with 2 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 steals and 4 deflections.

“I also want to give a lot of credit to our bench,” Hunter said. “They’ve really made our team good this year with the depth they provide. Bryce Kjesbo played really well all around and is becoming another defensive stopper for us, and Mitch Dewey hit a couple of big shots at key points in the game again. Roman Mihailovschi and Isaac Kreft didn’t score, but in games where every possession matters, they made some key plays. Roman had two rebounds and a great assist and Isaac had two rebounds and a steal.”


The Knights have another big test on Monday night when they go to Hancock to face the 19-4 Owls at 7:30.

WCA    37 30 - 67

WHN    31 29 - 60

TOTALS - WCA - FG - 23-51; FT - 13-17; Rebounds - 28; Turnovers - 9; WHN - FG - 21-45; FT - 10-16; Rebounds - 28; Turnovers - 13

WCA - Cole Anderson - 29 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals; Cam Anderson - 11 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals; Ryder Staples - 8 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks; Nasir Dotts - 6 points; Bryce Kjesbo - 5 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists; Jake Strunk - 2 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 steals, 4 deflections

WHN SCORING - Clint Determan - 18; Dylan Bainbridge - 16; Zach Braaten - 7; Caden Spilde - 6; Andrew Walker-Henneman - 5; Brayden Hofer - 3; Holden Rinke - 3; Kyle Kramer - 2

Pipestone beats Minnewaska

Minnewaska dropped an eighth-straight game on Saturday as Pipestone (20-5) beat the Lakers (3-22) in a 68-43 final.



MINNEWASKA - Tate Reichmann - 3 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, 1 steal; Ethan Quelle - 13 points, 2 steals; Alex Panitzke - 3 points; Jack Majerus - 1 steal; Noah Danielson - 1 rebound; Jack Larson - 1 rebound; Damon Uhde - 5 assists, 3 rebounds; Hunter Kloos - 1 rebound; Andrew Mrnak - 1 assist; Hunter Kostelecky - 11 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds, 1 steal; PJ Johnson - 6 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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