Boys Varsity Basketball · Dukes Lifted Past Lutheran West

Lutheran West had revenge on their minds Tuesday February 6th when coming back to Wellington. After the girls basketball team had knocked off the undefeated Longhorns, Lutheran West’s boys team was hoping to settle the score with the Dukes. The Longhorns survived the Dukes’ first quarter push and settled in comfortably. Lutheran West was hot from the three point line mauling the Dukes defense and grapping and early lead. The lead extended to 11 and the Dukes could not get the stops they needed to get back into the game. The 1st half ended on a Lutheran West 3 pointer to stay above the Dukes by 9. The third quarter was much of the same story and the again the boys struggled to take advantage of opportunities to cut the lead. Trailing the Longhorns by 11, senior Max Joppeck looked to the offensive end to get his team going. A dominate presence in the paint all night, Max was convinced that the Dukes were going to win the game. He scored 10 points in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 5. From there on, the Dukes defense came to life. With stellar rebounding and close out speed the Dukes shut down Lutheran West and held them to 4 fourth quarter points. Max Joppeck then proceeded to take care of business offensively, scoring another 14 in the fourth quarter and was 6/6 from the free throw line. He finished with 38 points and lifted the Dukes past Lutheran West 70-59. The Dukes preserved their undefeated home record and stayed above the 2nd place stars division teams with the victory. They will play again on the road at Oberlin Friday.

Go Dukes!