Mustangs, Cougars still perfect in CUP boys hoops

MUNISING – Maybe no king nor queen was named, but Thursday was a true homecoming for the Munising boys basketball team.

Six weeks into the season, the Mustangs played their first home game and defeated winless Rapid River, 51-35.

Munising, which improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Central Upper Peninsula Conference, had its earlier home games postponed due to weather and illness.

In fact, Thursday’s game was a makeup from December.

It was worth the wait as the Mustangs raced to a 20-8 lead after one quarter.

“We played extremely hard, especially out of the gate,” MHS coach Dan Waterman said. “Executing well on offense allowed us to get into our press.”

Munising senior guard Gage Webster scored 17 points and pulled down seven rebounds, while 6-foot-5 sophomore teammate Ben Stasewich added 15 points and 15 rebounds.

“Gage got us off to a good start; he hit a couple 3s right away,” Waterman said. “Ben held us in there on the boards.”

Rapid River (0-7, 0-6) got 25 points and 15 rebounds from Jake Pearson, but just 10 points and nine rebounds from the rest of its team.

The Mustangs also won the JV game, 43-18.

Superior Central 64,

Bark River-Harris 40

At Eben, senior Matt Verbrigghe recorded team highs of 25 points – including the only 3-pointer he tried – and 10 rebounds to lead the Cougars (5-3, 2-0 CUP).

“We jumped to an early, lead but really didn’t finish the way we should have,” SC coach Herb Jenkins said about his team’s 22-10 lead after one quarter.

The Cougars extended their advantage to 38-20 at the half and 56-29 after three quarters.

Junior teammate Nick Maki added 14 points, senior Trevor Maki 11 points and senior Dan Steward six points and seven rebounds.

For the Broncos (3-4, 1-4), Kyle Lkeiman scored 12 points.

North Dickinson 43,

Rep.-Michigamme 31

At Republic, the score was close at the end of each of the first three quarters – 10-10, 15-14 and 22-22 – before Hawks’ 6-foot-6 junior center Jonatan Lygdman was injured.

Lygdman, who finished with a game-high 16 points, was hurt at the end of the third quarter, and the Nordics took advantage in the fourth, outscoring R-M 21-9.

Lygdman, who also pulled down 11 rebounds and blocked three shots, is day-to-day as the Hawks fell to 2-4 overall and 0-4 in the Skyline Conference.

“Their half-court pressure was a lot more effective after Jonatan was out of the game,” R-M coach Bill Radcliffe said.

Cody Berg and Logan O’Neil scored 13 points each while teammate Ken Pekarek had 11 for ND (2-4, 2-1).