Derek Krogmann, West Delaware boys' basketball rally past Marion, 39-34

Krogmann tallies 18 points, 9 rebounds as Hawks win 11th of last 12

MARION — Derek Krogmann was not himself, but he was still plenty good.

The West Delaware junior accounted for nearly half of his team’s points with 18 as the Hawks rallied for a 39-34 victory against Marion in a Wamac boys’ basketball game Friday night at Marion High School.

“He’s special,” West Delaware Coach Matt Uthoff said. “The best thing about Derek is he loves to be coached. We’re harder on him than we are on any other kid, and he responds to that.”

The 6-foot-7 Krogmann was out all week with the flu, and his team was forced to shake off a sluggish start as the Hawks trailed throughout the first three quarters. On two occasions, the deficit was as large as nine points.

“We came in at half and re-evaluated what was going on,” Krogmann said. “We weren’t boxing out.”

Down 30-21 early in the third quarter, West Delaware scored 13 points in a row and claimed its first lead of the game.

The Hawks outscored Marion, 20-9, in the second half.

“We got back to being us,” Uthoff said. “We’re a pretty good defensive team.”

A second-team all-state selection last season for a team that finished fourth at state in Class 3A, Krogmann is starting to receive attention from colleges. He has a scholarship offer from North Dakota, and schools like South Dakota, Drake, Northern Iowa and Dartmouth have also been in touch.

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Krogmann has added a long-range shot to his repertoire, evidenced by his sixth 3-pointer of the season in the first quarter.

“Trying to spread my game out,” said Krogmann, who collected a game-high nine rebounds.

West Delaware freshman Kyle Kelley added 10 points.

Junior guard Matthew Brase led Marion (10-10, 8-6 Wamac) with nine points via three 3-pointers.

West Delaware (15-5, 11-3) has won 11 of 12 games. With a win Tuesday at Anamosa, the Hawks can earn a conference title for the second year in a row.

“Just come ready to go,” Krogmann said. “Anamosa is a tough place to play.”

AT MARION

West Delaware 39, Marion 34

WEST DELAWARE (39): Gavin Soppe 0 0-0 0, Jarod Harris 2 2-2 7, Drew Wubbena 0 0-0 0, Trevor O’Reilly 2 0-1 4, Derek Krogmann 8 1-6 18, Kyle Kelley 4 1-2 10, Totals 16 4-11 39.

MARION (34): Alex Whalen 3 0-0 7, Matthew Brase 3 0-0 9, Jevin Manderscheid 1 0-0 2, Trevor Paulsen 3 0-0 6, Grant Meth 2 0-0 4, Connor Whalen 1 0-0 2, Mason Rahe 0 0-0 0, Jaffer Murphy 2 0-0 4, Rick Atkins 0 0-0 0, Totals 15 0-0 34.

West Delaware 8 11 10 10—39

Marion 13 12 5 4—34

Halftime — Marion, 25-19. Three-point goals — West Delaware 3 (Harris 1, Kelley 1, Krogmann 1), Marion 4 (Brase 3, A. Whalen 1). Rebounds — West Delaware 17 (Krogmann 9), Marion 19 (Paulsen 5). Assists — West Delaware 7 (Soppe 2, Wubbena 2), Marion 8 (Brase 2). Total fouls — West Delaware 5, Marion 7. Fouled out — None.

l Comments: douglas.miles@thegazette.com

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