Hancock beats WIC in finale; Calumet West-PAC champions

HANCOCK — The Hancock Bulldogs did their rival a favor Friday night.

With Hancock’s 59-46 West-PAC win over the West Iron County Wykons, the Calumet Copper Kings are now the lone winners of the regular season West-PAC title. The Copper Kings (14-6) closed the season with a 6-2 West-PAC record, while the loss drops WIC to 5-3 in the conference.

It’s the first time in four years that someone besides the Houghton Gremlins has captured the West-PAC title.

Hancock’s Reece Anderson led the way with 17 points, while Hancock’s Chad Raasio added 11 points after being named West-PAC Co-Player of the Year with West Iron County’s A.J. Weisnicht, who finished with 12 points.

After trailing 13-10 after the first, Hancock outscored WIC over the final three quarters and managed to take a 40-29 lead into the fourth after a stifling defensive effort in the second and third quarters where the Bulldogs allowed just 16 points.

Next, Hancock goes to Ironwood on Monday for a district semifinal matchup.

WIC 13 9 7 17 — 46

Hancock 10 15 15 19 — 59

WIC — Pellizer 12, Nelson 3, Weisnicht 12, Tomasoski 7, Nelson 12. F: 15; Fouled out: Nelson; Free throws: 15-26; 3-point field goals: Pellizzer 2, Nelson.

Hancock — Watson 7, Stimac 6, Devin Raasio 10, Chad Raasio 11, Blau 5, Anderson 17, McParlan 3. F: 20; Fouled out: McParlan, Chad Raasio; Free throws: 8-14; 3-point field goals: Stimac 2, Chad Raasio 2, Blau.