Gwinn moves into thick of M-PC boys basketball race

GWINN – Gwinn moved into the thick of the Mid-Peninsula Conference boys basketball race with a 47-30 victory at home over Iron Mountain on Friday night.

The Modeltowners improved to 6-2 overall and 4-2 in league, while I.M. slipped to 6-2 and 4-1 as the Model Towners are the closest pursuers to front-running Negaunee.

“There was a lot riding on this game, and it was one of the best team efforts on defense I’ve seen in many years,” Gwinn veteran coach Darren Sinnaeve said.

“The first time we played them, we put up 27 3-pointers,” the coach said about I.M.’s 57-50 win in the first week of the season. “This time, we took a lot better quality shots, and our full-court pressure on defense gave them fits. They had a lot of unforced turnovers and rushed shots.”

The Mountaineers actually opened with a 14-10 lead after one quarter before a rally put Gwinn ahead 25-18 at halftime. The Model Towners still only led 32-26 before a big fourth quarter put the game away.

Gwinn junior Justin Nyquist led all scorers with 20 points. Junior teammate Owen DeVooght added 12 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.

Taylor Huotari paced I.M. with 12 points, while Luke Zambon added 10.

Ishpeming 65, Westwood 45

At Ishpeming Friday night, Bobby Zhulkie poured in 23 points and hauled in 11 rebounds to spark the Hematites to a 65-45 Mid-Peninsula Conference boys basketball win over visiting Westwood.

Joe Lyle added 13 points, while Ishpeming teammate Cody Kugler chipped in 12 points and 11 boards.

“Zhulkie came out of his shell and was very sharp,” Ishpeming head coach John Tiziani said as his Hematites bumped their overall record to 3-2 and their M-PC mark to 2-2. “He shot 8 of 14 from the field.

“We did well in transition with (Tyrus) Millimaki pushing the ball up. It was our fourth game in eight days and I’m surprised we had some legs left.”

Travis Richards led Westwood (0-7, 0-3) with 16 points. Travis Swanson tossed in 11.

IHS’ JVs won, 34-22.