Devil boys done in by Dons

West Central's Ethan Steinbronn led his team with 23 points in the District contest on Saturday versus Don Bosco. (Sharon Pape photo)


Devil boys done in by Dons



By Jerry Wadian
Sports Editor




The West Central boys’ foray into Class 1A District 5 basketball action was a short one as Don Bosco edged the Devils, 45-42, Saturday, Feb. 22, in Dunkerton.

The game was originally set for Thursday, but the rain, snow, and high winds caused a postponement.

When the two teams finally faced each other, the game turned out to be a thriller.

The Dons opened with a 10-7 lead at the end of the first quarter, but WC rallied to take a slim 24-23 lead into the locker room at halftime.

A nice third quarter left the Blue Devils with a 40-32 lead. Then the roof caved in. DB put on the defensive pressure and West Central started to turn the ball over as the offense went cold, giving the Dons a 13-2 advantage over the final eight minutes.

Ethan Steinbronn led all scorers with 23 points; he also led the Devils with nine rebounds and five blocks.

James Niemann and Joe Wolfe added six points apiece, while Hud Johnston made the only 3-pointer for West Central; he also had seven rebounds.

WC 7 17 16 2 42

DB 10 13 9 13 45

WC (42)- Steinbronn, 23; Niemann, 6; Wolfe, 6; Gordon, 4; Johnston, 3. 3-pointers- Johnston. Rebounds- Steinbronn, 9; Johnston, 7; Gordon, 4; Niemann, 2; Wolfe, 2; Langel, 2; Forsyth. Assists- Niemann, 7; Johnston, 2; Gordon, 2; Forsyth, Wolfe. Steals- Gordon, 2; Steinbronn. Blocks- Steinbronn, 5.

West Central ends the year at 11-11 and 6-5 in the UIC. The Devils lose Chase Grimm, Devin Lamphere and Johnston. However, they will have three seniors next season, a pair of juniors, and a freshman with varsity experience.  Couple that with the up-and-coming JV squad from this year, and the future looks potentially bright for the West Central boys’ team.

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