Iron River, MI – March 23, 2021 – The Gwinn Modeltowners Boys Basketball team returned to action after being off for over two weeks. However, the Modeltowners were dispatched in the District 66 Quarterfinals by West Iron County, 61-43. Gwinn was shorthanded with a few key starters out, but they never quit. Travis Nelson had the call live from West Iron County High School streaming live on foxsportsmarquette.com
West Iron’s Justin Nelson was scoring at will for the Wykons, and he did all night long. Trailing 7-3, Carl Peterson started heating up for Gwinn with a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to one. Led by Nelson and Nathan Thomson, the Wykons ended the quarter on an 8-1 run and took an eight-point lead over the Modeltowners.
End of 1st: West Iron County Wykons 15, Gwinn Modeltowners 7
Gwinn tried to switch into a zone defense, but West Iron County sniffed it out. The Wykons had a balance of scoring to begin the quarter with baskets from Nolan Anderson and Mitch Ballinger, but it was Nelson’s game in the first half. Nelson finished the first half with 23 points to clearly lead all scorers, and Gwinn trailed by 20 at halftime.
Halftime: West Iron County Wykons 35, Gwinn Modeltowners 15
The Modeltowners played more inspired in the third quarter and cut West Iron’s lead to 42-31 after a flurry of 3’s from Mastin Love and four free throws from JV call-up Logan Soyring. Gwinn had a chance to cut the deficit to single digits with over a minute left in the third, but Jacob Harnick’s layup was no good, and an acrobatic bucket from Lucas Isaacson gave the momentum right back to the Wykons.
End of 3rd: West Iron County Wykons 46, Gwinn Modeltowners 31
Gwinn continued to battle, and Harnick had a big fourth quarter for the Modeltowners. However, the deficit caused Gwinn to have to throw up tough 3-point shots, and they weren’t falling. West Iron coasted down the stretch for a 61-43 win to end Gwinn’s season. Harnick led Gwinn with 13 points, and Peterson was right behind with 12.
Final Score: West Iron County Wykons 61, Gwinn Modeltowners 43