Miners crush Emeralds in M-PC boys basketball matchup

NEGAUNEE – Junior point guard Tyler Jandron says he likes to get his Negaunee High School basketball teammates involved in the Miners’ offense before he starts looking to score.

“I don’t look for myself early,” he said after pouring in a game-high 21 points in an 84-39 Mid-Peninsula Conference victory over visiting Manistique Friday night. “I try to share the ball … because I know I’ll get my turn.”

After scoring just two points in the first quarter, with late 3-point buckets by the Emeralds’ Conner Selling and Tony Floyd cutting Negaunee’s lead to 18-12, Jandron took over.

He scored the first 11 points of the second quarter – nine on three triples – in a 15-0 NHS run to help give the Class ABC No. 2-ranked Miners (10-1, 5-0 M-PC) a 33-12 lead in the first four minutes of the stanza.

“During practice, we see what Tyler can do and we just shake our heads and say ‘wow,'” said NHS senior guard Andrew Katona, who added 11 points, a team-high 10 rebounds and four steals.

“Our team chemistry was perfect tonight and we shared the ball.”-

Tanner Uren tossed in 14 points and three other Miners scored 6-8 points as Negaunee – averaging 66 points a game this season – recorded their highest single-game point total of the current campaign.

“I was really impressed with our ball movement tonight,” Negaunee head coach Mike O’Donnell said, noting his team recorded 21 assists, four by Uren. “We were getting a lot of high-percentage shots.

“Jandron’s doing a good job getting everyone involved. He gets his teammates going.”

The 29-10 second quarter explosion gave the Miners a 47-22 halftime lead. They then outscored the Emeralds (3-8, 1-7) by a 14-7 count in the third quarter for an insurmountable 61-29 advantage.

“I thought our first quarter was decent,” Manistique head coach Todd Kangas said, “but you can’t give up 84 points.

“We wanted to tighten it up (defensively), but … they found ways of scoring. I thought we’d do a little better job tonight.

“In the second quarter,” he added, “they turned us over with their pressure and got some easy buckets.”

Zach Lambert (13) and Selling (11) combined for 24 points to lead Manistique. Selling added five rebounds.

Jandron didn’t play the fourth quarter and O’Donnell began emptying his bench two minutes into the final stanza.

The Negaunee coach said his team’s defense was about as strong as its offense, as the Miners hit their goal of allowing an opponent less than 40 points each time out.

“After the first quarter, we wanted to crank up our defense,” O’Donnell said. “Our defense created a lot of offense, especially in the second quarter.”

He also lauded Katona.

“He’s coming into his own now,” O’Donnell said. “He can score, but he has also taken the role of doing the little things for us. You need those kind of players.

“I like to call them ‘junk players’ and I think that’s a positive term.”

Negaunee won the jayvee game, 79-57.

Craig Remsburg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251. His email address is cremsburg@miningjournal.net.