Talented Eagles soar past Wolves in 1-A quarterfinal

IKM-M plays well early, but West Hancock’s 3-point shooting, transition game prove too much in 67-51 loss

 DES MOINES -- IKM-Manning faced a small margin for error in the opening game of the Boys State Basketball Tournament Monday morning.
 Allow West Hancock an open three-pointer and it was likely going to make it. Turn the ball over or hesitate ever so slightly getting back on defense and the Eagles were probably shooting a layup.
 And while the 7th-ranked Wolves played a solid first quarter and led by two points early in the second, West Hancock eventually forced a tempo more to its liking. The 5th-ranked Eagles took control using a 31-8 run over a crucial 10-minute stretch of the first and second halves and ended IKM-Manning’s season, 67-51, in a Class 1-A state quarterfinal at Wells Fargo Arena.
 West Hancock, seeded fourth, improved to 24-2 and advanced to face No. 8 seed St. Albert (16-9) in Thursday’s semifinal round. St. Albert bounced top-seeded Danville, 69-46, on Monday afternoon.
 The fifth-seeded Wolves, meanwhile, finished 22-3 overall after making their first trip to state since 2010.



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