West Hancock boys cagers down North Union

ELEVATION — North Union’s Blake Crawmer elevates to block a shot by West Hancock’s Lucas Weiland during basketball action Friday night in Armstrong. North Union’s Robert Ortman (2) and West Hancock’s Chase Eisenman (4) watch the play. (Photo by Greg Abel)

ARMSTRONG — On one end of the floor, Riley Bauer had the hot hand for the North Union Warriors. The senior guard went off for a career-high 32 points.

On the other end, however, junior guard Gavin Becker’s shots were also falling to earn him a career-best 30 points.

In the end, Becker and the West Hancock Eagles took the 94-65 Top of Iowa Conference boys basketball win over the Warriors on Friday night in Armstrong.

“They did a good job of coming out and hitting their open looks. It sounds crazy to say, but we gave up 94 points and our defense wasn’t that bad,” Warriors head coach Alex Fisher said about the Eagles. “You’ve gotta credit them. They push the ball well in transition and when they had open looks, they made them.”

Bauer scored six of the Warriors’ first nine points, while Becker’s first five points allowed the Eagles a 15-9 lead.

The Eagles then outscored the Warriors, 11-3, in the final three minutes for the 26-12 advantage after the first quarter.

Bauer went to work on defense to start the second frame and stripped the ball away from the Eagles, breaking down court for a quick layup.

Eagles junior shooting guard Lucas Weiland, who posted a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds with five assists, knocked in a shot to double the lead, 28-14.

Senior guard Robert Ortman came right back down on the other end and used an assist from sophomore guard Braden Pierce to swish a 3 for North Union.

The two teams answered basket for basket with the Eagles building off their early lead to go into the intermission with a 57-39 advantage.

Bauer contined his sharpshooting into the third quarter, hitting back-to-back 3-pointers to bring the team within 14.

Becker then combined five points with a free throw from senior guard MaCoy Yeakel to increase the lead to 63-47 with 4:16 to go in the third quarter.

By the end of the third quarter, the Eagles were up 76-56 despite only outscoring the Warriors, 19-17, in the frame.

“We chipped away at it (the lead), but in the end, we just ran out of juice and they kept making shots,” Fisher said.

Bauer went 11-for-23 from the field to earn his 32 points while also adding on team highs of five rebounds and three assists.

“Overall, Riley had his best night as a North Union Warrior basketball player for us,” Fisher said. “He did a really good job of seeing the floor and finding his shot often. … A lot of credit goes to his teammates, too. They knew he had the hot hand and were setting some good screens for him and finding ways to get him the ball.”

Ortman was the Warriors’ second-leading scorer with 10 points, going 3-for-5 from 3-point range, with four rebounds, while senior guard Blake Crawmer notched eight points in his return to the court.

The Warriors took most of their shots beyond the arc, making 12 of 28 from 3-point range.

“With our team not having much of a post presence, that’s something we kind of have to do,” Fisher said of the shot selection. “I had us down for 43 percent from 3. I told the guys if we shoot like that — most nights — and we score 65, we’re going to win most games. That’s how we’re built this year is to shoot a lot of 3’s and play fast, and that’s something we’re still learning how to do.”

Becker also contributed four rebounds and three assists to the Eagles’ effort. Yeakel notched 21 points with eight rebounds for the high-scoring Eagles team that made 14 of 28 3-point shots.

North Union (0-5) plays Belmond-Klemme on Tuesday night in Belmond, Iowa.

NU 12 27 17 9–65

WH 26 31 19 18–94


Gavin Becker 11-18 4-5 30, MaCoy Yeakel 9-12 2-3 21, Lucas Weiland 7-12 0-0 17, Josef Smith 4-7 0-0 11, Chase Eisenman 2-5 0-0 4, Brayden Leerer 2-5 0-0 5, Tanner Thompson 1-2 0-0 3, Tristan Hunt 1-3 1-2 3, Keifer Carlson 0-2 0-0 0, Brody Cox 0-3 0-0 0, Cayson Barnes 0-0 0-0 0, Parker Feuring 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-69 7-9 94.

NO. UNION (65)

Riley Bauer 11-23 4-5 32, Robert Ortman 3-12 1-2 10, Blake Crawmer 3-9 2-5 8, Noah Morphew 2-6 1-2 6, Hunter Pierce 2-11 0-0 5, Braden Pierce 1-5 1-2 4, Dylan Delperdang 0-1 0-0 0, Logan Nicoson 0-1 0-0 0, Derek Thompson 0-0 0-0 0, Avery Krantz 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-68 9-16 65.

3-pointers: West Hancock 14-28 (Becker 4-5, Smith 3-5, Yeakel 1-2, Leerer 1-2, Thompson 1-2, Weiland 4-7, Eisenman 0-2, Cox 0-1); North Union 12-28 (Bauer 6-12, Ortman 3-5, B. Pierce 1-1, H. Pierce 1-2, Morphew 1-4, Nicoson 0-1, Crawmer 0-2, Delperdang 0-1). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: West Hancock 42 (Weiland 11, Yeakel 8); North Union 20 (Bauer 5). Assists: West Hancock 14 (Weiland 5); North Union 7 (Bauer 3). Steals: North Union 6; West Hancock 4.

Estherville-Lincoln Central 55, North Union 37 — The Midgets outscored the Warriors, 11-2, in the first quarter and held on to the lead for the non-league victory on Thursday night in Estherville, Iowa.

The Midgets led 23-20 at halftime.

Robert Ortman paced the Warriors’ scoring performance with 14 points, while Riley Bauer scored eight points to go along with four assists. Noah Morphew and Hunter Pierce each crashed the board for five rebounds.

The Warriors went 6-for-14 from 2-point range and made 7 of 8 free throws.

St. Clair 61, Truman/ Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain 56 — The Cyclones used a 24-21 halftime lead over the Jaguars to earn the five-point Valley Conference win on Thursday in St. Clair.

Mason Maloney was a rebound shy of a double-double, producing 14 points for the Jaguars. Zach Wolter provided 13 points, while James Schrunk ended the night with 12 points, five assists and four steals.

The Jaguars’ Isaac Johnson totaled 10 points and four steals. Cayden Fischer and Paxton Gravlin combined equally for 14 points with Gravlin adding on five rebounds.

The Jaguars went 18-for-45 from the field, including making 6 of 13 from 3-point distance, and shot 14-for-22 at the free throw line.

Truman/Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain (1-3) plays host to Nicollet at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in Granada.