The West Delaware boys basketball team improved to 6-0 on the year with wins at South Tama Dec. 14 and Beckman Dec. 11.
The Hawks defeated South Tama, 66-32, jumping out to a 28-10 first-quarter lead and extended it to 44-16 at halftime.
Kyle Kelley led the Hawks with 20 points that saw the starters play only four minutes in the second half.
“We wanted to come out and take care of business,” explained coach Matt Uthoff. “We wanted everyone to get significant minutes. Everybody got a quarter and a half of game time, which is great for those kids who have been working hard in practice.”
Uthoff said his team responded well to the long road trip. “I was impressed with how our kids brought their own energy. Our bench was really engaged. We played with some emotion and we hit a ton of shots.”
The Hawks went 24-for-53 from the field, including 10-for-25 from three-point range.
Statistical leaders were: points — Derek Krogmann 16, Logan Woellert eight, Mitch Krogmann six, Gavin Soppe five, Blake DeMoss and Logan Winn three, Lonnie Davis and Zach Stratton two and Raub Loecke one; rebounds — Derek Krogmann nine, Eric Salow and Mitch Krogmann four, Woellert and Soppe three, Davis and Jamison Smith two, DeMoss, Kelley, Stratton and Loecke one; assists — Soppe five, Woellert four, Smith three, Derek Krogmann two, Demoss and Isaiah Rich one; steals — Soppe and Stratton two, Woellert, Derek Krogmann and Mitch Krogmann one.
The Hawks started their week with a 55-42 win at Beckman. Derek Krogmann led West Delaware with 29 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots.
West Delaware led 17-12 after a quarter and 36-28 at halftime.
Uthoff said his team couldn’t put the Blazers away when they were up. “We’d get up 11 or 12 points then let them right back in the game. Then we’d get up again and they would come back again.”
Uthoff said in the first half Beckman outhustled the Hawks. “We had a lot of success offensively in the first half, but I was disappointed in our defense. There were so many possessions where I thought Beckman did a great job of winning the 50-50 possessions. They outworked us in the hustle department.”
After halftime, the Hawks came out and limited Beckman to 14 second-half points. “The credit for that goes to our guys,” Uthoff said. “At halftime, we addressed what we needed to do defensively and our kids did a great job of making the adjustments they needed to and executing our game plan.”
Uthoff said Derek Krogmann’s line on the night shows not only how well he played, but how well the Hawks are moving offensively. “Derek played well. Our guys are starting to figure out and doing a really good job of moving and creating space. By those other guys doing that, it really opens things up for Derek. Our guys did a great job of finding him in a position where he could just catch it and score.”
Uthoff also praised Winn’s play. “Logan had what I thought was his best game of the year from a movement standpoint. He is playing with confidence.”
Statistical leaders were: points — Soppe eight, Kelley and Winn six, Mitch Krogmann four and Woellert two; rebounds — Winn five, Mitch Krogmann and Soppe two, Kelley and Wollert one; assists — Soppe three, Kelley two, Woellert and Jamison Smith one; steals —Kelley and Derek Krogmann two, Winn, Soppe and Mitch Krogmann one.