Despite the cold weather and snow day fans still decided to pack the Wellington gym Friday January 5th to watch a classic rivalry with Wellington and Keystone. Going into the game, both teams were atop of the division with each only one conference loss. The game started off intense and lead into halftime with the Dukes leading by a mere 5 points, 35-30. The second half would be a totally different story. The Dukes came out and pressured Keystone’s offense, irritating scorers with their aggressive style of play. Defensive specialist Noah Diermyer was able to shut down Keystone’s best shooter limiting his touches with ball denial. The Dukes held Keystone to just 5 points and 2 points in the last two quarters. Meanwhile, the Dukes’ offense could not be slowed. Wellington continued to throw a barrage of three pointers at the Wildcats, stretching the lead more and more. Big 3’s from Mason McClellan, Brandon Orozco, Colton Schmidt, Ryan Whitaker, and Max Joppeck seemed to come just at the right time. Joppeck led the Dukes in scoring with 21 points being a force in the paint on both sides of the ball. He also dominated the boards in the second half eating up all of Keystone’s missed shots. The final score was 61-37 in a landslide victory for the Dukes.
The boys are now 9-1 on the season and will play again Tuesday at home against Columbia. JV will start at 6 PM.
The Lady Dukes will try to complete the Rivalry Weekend sweep today at 1 PM when they face the Wildcats at home.