Morley Stanwood boys basketball team proud of accomplishments, hungry for more

Junior guard Axel Woolworth (2) and senior forward Trevor Underhill (1) were key components to Morley Stanwood’s success. (Pioneer file photo)

MORLEY — It was quite the season for the Morley Stanwood boys basketball team.

The Mohawks reeled off 12-straight victories to start the season and finished with an 18-2 record and a CSAA Silver championship in hand. Morley Stanwood lost to eventual D3 champion Pewamo-Westphalia 50-32 in its district semifinal game.

The Mohawks went 10-0 in Silver play to clinch an undefeated conference season.

Winning the conference title, “was one of our goals,” Morley Stanwood coach Bob Raven said. “We thought we had a team which could maybe win it.

Among the team’s 18 wins included a 53-30 season-opening win against rival Big Rapids, a 59-52 win over a Division 1 team in Greenville, a close 50-47 win over Reed City, and 73-62 and 62-50 wins over conference rival Kent City.

The Mohawks were among the best teams in the area, averaging 64.6 points per contest while giving up just 43.4 points for an average margin of victory of 21.2 points.

“We dribble drive and kick out for the open three,” senior point guard Callan Dillree said. “We like watching the defense react to help defense and that’s how we score most of our points.”

Leading the way for Morley Stanwood was junior Aiden McLaughlin with 11.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 2.0 steals per game. Junior Axel Woolworth was second on the team with 11.5 points and was tied for first in 3-pointers made with 60 (42 percent shooting). Senior Landon Elenbaas averaged 11.4 points and was tied with Woolworth for first in 3-pointers made with 60 (39 percent shooting) while averaging four rebounds.

With players like Woolworth, Elenbaas, and McLaughlin lighting it up from outside, the Mohawks broke the school record for 3-pointers made in a game with 18 in a 72-40 win over White Cloud on January 11.

Dillree was a Swiss Army Knife for the Mohawks, averaging 8.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.5 steals, and 2.9 assists per game while leading the team in blocks with 15 from the point guard position. McLaughlin, Woolworth, Elenbaas, and Dillree each made the CSAA Silver all-conference team.

Morley Stanwood loses a successful senior class in Dillree, Elenbaas,  Xavier Raven, Trevor Underhill, and Kyle Ososki. The quintet compiled a 36-6 over the last two years.

Their skill and leadership will be missed, but the Mohawks return a talented group next year with McLaughlin, Woolworth, Jason Bialek, and Carter Veldkamp all expected to come back.

“We take pride in competing each year for conference and district championships,” Raven said. “We expect to next year as well.”

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