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DC drops WCC West games to Annandale, HLWW

Kasen Warner drains a three-pointer late in the first half against Annandale.

The DC boys basketball team dropped two conference games in recent action, falling at home to Annandale Friday, before losing on the road to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Tuesday.
The Chargers are now 11-9 overall on the season, 6-3 in Wright County Conference West play.
This week, the team will travel to Rockford tonight (Friday), and to Watertown-Mayer Tuesday.

Annandale 69, DC 63
COKATO – The Chargers let one slip away against the visiting Cardinals Friday.
DC held a 48-38 lead midway through the second half. The Cardinals chipped away, and took their first lead at 62-60 with just over two minutes left.

Kasen Warner knocked down a three to pull DC ahead 63-62.

However, Annandale scored the final seven points of the the game, including a backcourt steal on lackadaisical DC passing that led to an easy bucket.

“We were unable to execute down the stretch, and made too many mental errors to close the game out,” said DC head coach Tony Dehler. “I don’t fault our effort; however, to get where we want to go at the end of the season, we have to learn to finish games against good teams.”

Annandale was deadly inside, hitting 57% of their shots, and winning the points in the paint battle 46-22.

The Chargers were unlucky on foul calls.

Annandale hit 9-10 on their free throws.

DC had just two free throws for the entire game.

DC had four players in double figures, led by Nik Keith (15 points). Warner had 13, Jackson Yanke 12, and Gabe Aamot 11.

Annandale was led by Gavin Wang, who had a game-high 17 points. Gabe Westman added 14.

HLWW 76, DC 65
HOWARD LAKE – The Chargers were without three regular players, including two starters, in their game against Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Tuesday.

As a result, DC struggled to contain the Lakers (15-5, 5-3), especially from outside.
HLWW was absolutely red-hot from deep in the first half, knocking down 11 three-pointers, from six different players, in taking a 45-35 lead.

The Lakers were 11-14 from deep in the first half.

“We struggled to keep pace with their hot shooting [in the first half], but we were only down by 10 at halftime,” said Dehler. “In the second half, we struggled to score, and didn’t get our first basket until seven minutes [into the half]. “Playing with only seven guys, we battled the entire night,” he said.

Five players scored, each in double figures. Caleb Smock led the team with 16 points, with Gabe Aamot adding 14, Jackson Yanke 13, and Kasen Warner 12,

Sophomore Jud Whittaker, getting his first extended varsity minutes, scored 10 points.
Cody Stapel led HLWW with 20 points. Mason Machinski added 16, and Alex Zimmerman 14.