The Walker-Hackensack-Akeley boys bounced back from Thursday night’s road loss to easily beat host Bertha-Hewitt 69-45 Friday.
Shooting 45 percent from the floor and holding a 36-10 points-in-the-paint advantage, the Wolves dominated from the start, jumping out to a 42-19 halftime lead.
Coach Darin Schultz said it was good to end the week on a positive note.
“Our guys really played with some high energy and intensity, and that led to some easy baskets,” Schultz said. “We played really good defense and had a lot of easy baskets, including some in transition.”
The Wolves had a 26-3 points off turnovers advantage as the defense forced 25 turnovers. WHA also made some big outside shots, including seven three-pointers by six different players.
Cole Nelson led WHA with 26 points and eight rebounds, while Tyler Sea scored 14. Gavin Deskeere finished with seven points, and along with Sea each had five steals. Ethan Anderson scored six points and Seth Djernes added five.
The only Bertha-Hewitt player to finish in double figures was Christian Baumgartner, who finished with 23. He sank all three of his threes in the second half.
This week the Wolves host conference rivals Nevis and Laporte, and next week they travel to Kelliher-Northome, Cass Lake-Bena and Blackduck.
Tigers rally past Wolves
Was it the nine days since their last game, four days without a practice, a long bus ride or just simple losing to a better team that night?
Coach Schultz said despite not having practiced in nearly a week or played a game in nine days, he thought the guys looked good in an 82-70 loss Thursday night.
“We were a little out of shape, but it was the same for both teams. We played well and made our shots; they just played better and made more shots,” the coach said.
Browerville, who now sits at 10-7 and No. 5 in the Section 5A North, out-scored the Wolves 47-34 in the second half, including going 14-20 from the foul line.
The Wolves trailed by only six points late in the game and were forced to foul. Eleven of the Tigers’ last 15 points came by free throws.
WHA, who led 36-35 at the half, had three players finish in double figures. Nelson led the way with 23 points, of which 12 came on four three-pointers.
Rasmussen finished with 15 points and Josephson tossed in 12.
Zak Irsfeld led all scoring with 32 points, including making four of his team’s nine three-pointers.
Will Spychalla finished with 20 points and Brady Emery added 14.
The game marked the first time the Wolves have ever played with a 35-second shot clock, something the Minnesota State High School League is looking at adding in the near future. It was the second time this season Browerville played a home game with a shot clock.