Ackerman leads hot shooting Mustangs over Big Bay

COOKS – At least Munising boys basketball coach Dan Waterman should have an idea of what his Mustang players were doing during the holiday break – shooting baskets in the gym.

Despite not playing a game for the better part of a month, Munising shot the lights out in a 55-28 victory at Big Bay de Noc on Thursday night.

Led by five from junior Noah Ackerman, the Mustangs sank 10 out of 20 3-pointers. They also made 8 of 14 on 2-pointers and even 9 of 12 free throws.

“I was really, really, really happy, considering we had two games before the break postponed, so it had been over three weeks since we played,” Waterman said. “We got out to a hot start. I know Noah hit three of his 3s in the first quarter.”

Munising (2-1 overall, 1-0 Central Upper Peninsula Conference) led 12-4 after one quarter, extending it to 26-13 by halftime.

Ackerman led all scorers with 15 points, all coming on his 3s, while sophomore Colin Immel added 12, including a trio of triples.

The Mustangs also dominated the boards, 31-18, as 6-foot-5 sophomore Ben Stasewich nabbed 12 and 6-foot senior Gage Webster had 10.

For Big Bay (1-3, 1-2) Cole Potvin scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds.

The Black Bears won the JV game, but no score was available.

Gwinn 50, Norway 33

Outscoring Norway 12-2 in the third quarter, Gwinn posted a 50-33 Mid-Peninsula Conference victory over the visiting Knights Thursday night.

“We mixed up our defense and went more to a half-court zone,” GHS head coach Darren Sinnaeve said after his team had improved to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the M-PC. “That really threw them out of sync.”

Derek Reetz, Justin Nyquist and Owen DeVooght scored 10 points apiece for the Modeltowners. Reetz added a game-high seven rebounds.

Austin Grayvold paced Norway (4-2, 2-2) with 17 points and six boards.

Norway won the JV game, 67-43.