West Delaware finds its footing, smashes Waverly-Shell Rock for 6th straight win

Hawks have won 8 of 9 after 50-32 drubbing

West Delaware's Derek Krogmann (24) grabs a rebound over Center Point-Urbana's Grant Dirks (32) during the first half of a Class 3A Boys' Substate final basketball game at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids on Monday, February 27, 2017. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
West Delaware's Derek Krogmann (24) grabs a rebound over Center Point-Urbana's Grant Dirks (32) during the first half of a Class 3A Boys' Substate final basketball game at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids on Monday, February 27, 2017. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — This is not the same West Delaware boys’ basketball team that began the season in November. That’s a good thing.

The Hawks won their sixth in a row and eighth in nine games Saturday at the Wells Fargo Advisors Shootout, locking down Waverly-Shell Rock defensively for a 50-32 win at the U.S. Cellular Center.

West Delaware went unbeaten last regular season and finished fourth at the state tournament in Class 3A. Two really good players from that team (6-foot-7 center Derek Krogmann and wing Tyler Kelley) returned.

But the rest of this cast was unproven and inexperienced, which explained 0-2 and 2-3 starts. The newbies are growing up and growing into their roles, and the Hawks are flying again.

“We had a slow start. A lot of new guys that didn’t get minutes last year because of the great team we had,” Krogmann said. “We’ve gotten it rolling, everyone has started to figure it out. I like the way we’re playing right now.”

As does Coach Matt Uthoff.

“We lost five of our top seven from last year,” he said. “We obviously had two good kids coming back, but it took us awhile to find a way. I told everybody it would probably take until Christmas to figure some things out ... It takes awhile to figure out how to compete every single day. The kids are working, and, obviously, once you start winning some of these games, stuff carries over. I’m very pleased with where we’re at.”

West Delaware (11-4) just D-ed up here and wouldn’t allow Waverly-Shell Rock to get any good looks in the paint or on the perimeter. The Go-Hawks (10-4) took just 31 shots from the field, making 11.

“We’ve been working on our defense,” Kelley said. “That’s our heart and soul.”

Junior Krogmann went over the 1,000-point mark for his career in a win Friday night and has added to a stout post-up game, as he seeks to find a Division I college home. North Dakota has offered.

He wasn’t great banging bodies with Waverly’s meaty Mosai Newsom, but still crafted a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds. Those two were the only players in the game to score in double figures.

Newsom had 10 points. West Delaware got a huge lift off the bench from Trevor O’Reilly and Dunston Werner, who combined for five 3-pointers.

“It was definitely defense today,” Krogmann said. “Offensively, we didn’t really have a very good game. But we preach that defense wins games, and that’s what won it today for us.”

AT U.S. CELLULAR CENTER

WEST DELAWARE (50): Tyler Kelley 2-9 5-7 9, Derek Krogmann 6-13 3-7 15, Kyle Kelley 0-1 2-2 2, Drew Wubbena 1-2 4-4 6, Jarod Harris 0-0 0-0 0, Trevor O’Reilly 3-4 0-0 9, Dunston Werner 2-3 0-0 6, Gavin Soppe 1-2 0-0 2, Logan Winn 0-0 0-0 0, Keegan Kolbet 0-0 0-0 0, Brandon Engelken 0-1 1-2 1, Hunter Zieser 0-0 0-0 0, Max Chizek 0-0 0-0 0, Bryce Tucker 0-0 0-0 0, Logan Woellert 0-0 0-0 0, Daniel Meissner 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-35 15-22 50.

WAVERLY-SHELL ROCK (32): Jacob Bahe 0-6 0-2 0, Mosai Newsom 5-7 0-0 10, Luke Velky 2-4 4-7 9, Jack Seward 1-5 2-2 4, Braden Holmquist 1-4 2-2 4, Trey Angel 0-1 0-0 0, Jordan Downing 2-2 0-0 4, Josh Halverson 0-0 0-0 0, Brandon Hinders 0-0 0-0 0, Will Dix 0-0 1-2 1, Ethan Reichert 0-1 0-0 0, Brandon Zeien 0-1 0-0 0, Jed Paulsen 0-0 0-0 0, Raymond Perez 0-0 0-0 0, Cade Pruhs 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 11-31 9-15 32.

Halftime — West Delaware 29, Waverly-Shell Rock 14. 3-point goals — West Delaware 5-11 (T. Kelley 0-2, Krogmann 0-2, O’Reilly 3-4, Werner 2-3), Waverly-Shell Rock 1-9 (Velky 1-2, Seward 0-4, Holmquist 0-1, Reichert 0-1, Zeien 0-1). Rebounds — West Delaware 26 (Krogmann 11), Waverly-Shell Rock 20 (Velky 4). Total fouls — West Delaware 14, Waverly-Shell Rock 16. Fouled out — None. Turnovers — West Delaware 9, Waverly-Shell Rock 11.

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