Titans Drop Chiefs, Win Home Tourney

In Wednesday night hoop action, the Keokuk Chiefs lost another close game, this time to the West Hancock Titans, 51-47.

At one point trailing by 16, the Chiefs fought back and created a back and forth game in the closing minutes.

Both teams had one of their top players foul out late in the contest with Alex Wolter for Keokuk and Drake Hammel for West Hancock watching the last minutes from the bench.

Keokuk led 47-46 with around 45 seconds left before a floater from Titan point guard Peyton Dooley found the bottom of the net to give the lead to West Hancock with 42 seconds left.

On the next possession for the Chiefs, they would turn it over on a travel call as sophomore Isaiah Seay lost his footing.

Dooley and Lucas Dorethy combined to hit three clutch free throws to push the score to its final tally at 51-47.

Hammel led all scorers with 18 to go with nine rebounds. Dooley scored all nine of his points in the second half and was named the John Hawkinson Player of the Game for West Hancock. Caleb Sinele knocked down four triples to finish with 12 points.

Seay earned the same distinction for Keokuk, leading the way with 15 points on five made three pointers. Wolter and Anthony Potratz contributed nine points each as well.

The win clinched the 2019 West Hancock Boys Basketball Invitational for the host Titans.

The next game for the Chiefs will be on the road against Mount Pleasant on Friday while West Hancock will be at home versus Monmouth-Roseville at Hamilton High School.