The Phelps Knights boys basketball team continued their quest for another Northern Lakes Conference championship by easing to an 83-40 win at home Friday night over the Elcho Hornets.

A big first half from senior Andrew Gill combined with an outstanding outside shooting performance from Tony Gutierrez helped not only to build a comfortable lead for Phelps, but led them to a convincing win over their NLC rival.

Gutierrez ended the night with eight three-point shots and finished with a game-high 26 points to lead the way offensively.

Gill ended with 20 points followed by 11 from Gage Robbins, 10 from Carl Gutierrez, seven from Donovin Doppke, four from Dakota Kangas, three from Austin Buell and two from Parker Trollan.

The win moved the Knights overall record on the season to 13-1 as well as to 9-1 in the Northern Lakes Conference. They are a full game up on Laona-Wabeno, and two games up on Crandon, who they’ll face on the road this Friday as they try to avenge their only loss of the season, which came in overtime in Phelps back on Jan. 4.

The team will also have road matchups outside of league play, against first Watersmeet and then Niagara. The matchup in Niagara is an important one according to head coach Chris Rader, who said those matchups between opponents within the same WIAA Regional can play a key role in the seeding process.

The next home game for Phelps is set for Friday, Feb. 15, when the team hosts Laona-Wabeno. That game is set for a 7 p.m. start.