Wolves set to take on high-scoring Eagles Monday
DES MOINES -- IKM-Manning’s first-round opponent at the Boys State Basketball Tournament features two 20-point scorers and plays a fast, pressuring style. How well the Wolves can slow tempo and play under control will go a long way in determining their success in Monday’s Class 1-A quarterfinal vs. West Hancock.
The 7th-ranked Wolves (22-2) are seeded fifth in the 1-A bracket and will face the 5th-ranked, fourth-seeded Eagles (23-2) on Monday at 10:30 a.m. inside Wells Fargo Arena. The winner will play again Thursday vs. top-seeded Danville (24-1) or St. Albert (15-9).
West Hancock averages 78.1 points per game and has topped the 80-point mark 13 times in 25 games. The Eagles advanced to state with an 86-76 win over Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire last Saturday. Connor Sonius (20.5 ppg.) and Nate Paulus (20.4) lead the scoring attack for West Hancock, which has knocked down 251 three-pointers on the year. Sonius also has 209 assists and 79 steals. Dylan Eckels also averages double figures with 13.1 points a game.