Gwinn wins in OT over Munising in matchup of top U.P. programs

MUNISING – A change in defense worked wonders for Gwinn, as did several timely baskets at the start of overtime, as the Modeltowners’ boys basketball team went into Munising and beat the Mustangs, 48-44, Friday night.

The game pitted the No. 4 team in Class A-B-C, Gwinn (9-3), against the No. 5 team in Class D, Munising (7-2).

“We made some mistakes, but some of that credit has to go to Gwinn,” Mustangs coach Dan Waterman said. “They’ve got some quick guys and some length.

“It was a good game for us to see where we’re at against a team this good.”

Munising grabbed a 20-12 lead at halftime before the Modeltowners upped the defensive pressure.

“We played great defense in the first half, but in the third quarter, I thought we got a little tentative and little stagnant offensively,” said Waterman, who added that Gwinn switched from a man-to-man press to a zone press at that time, too.

Gwinn, which pulled to within 27-24 after three quarters, actually went ahead by five in the final few minutes of regulation before Munising forced the extra period, mainly due to a 3-pointer made by sophomore Alex Hill as time was running down.

The Modeltowners then scored a pair of baskets early in OT and Munising was unable to pull even.

The Mustangs won the junior varsity game, 46-27.

R-M 47, Baraga 32

At Baraga, the Hawks improved to 3-8 by taking good care of the ball, only committing nine turnovers compared to their average of 30.

“We did a good job of protecting the ball, along with an excellent job on defense,” R-M coach Bill Radcliffe said. “We were aggressive, so we drew fouls, and I think we were frustrating Baraga.”

While each team made 12 shots from the field, The Hawks were 19 of 32 at the line while Baraga (0-9) was just 5 of 10.

Junior center Jonatan Lygdman had a double-dozen, with 12 points and the same number of rebounds. Junior guard David Simula also had 12 points for R-M.

Baraga’s Zach Owens led all scorers with 16 points.

Sup. Ctl. 72, Rapid Rvr. 26

Trevor Maki led three Superior Central High School players in double figures as the Cougars thumped host Rapid River Friday night, 72-26, in a Central U.P. League boys basketball contest.

Maki dumped in 20 points. Teammates Matt Verbrigghe (13) and Tyler Kienitz (10) contributed 23 more for SC (8-4, 4-1).

“i was encouraged by our effort, as well as our balanced scoring,” SC coach Herb Jenkins said. “Maki did a fine job controlling the game and it was good to see Kienitz have an impact on the game.”

Chebygn. 74, Newberry 40

At Newberry, Indians senior forward Kyle Welty scored 13 points, but it wasn’t nearly enough as Cheboygan (6-3, 5-1) opened up leads of 20-9 and 37-18 after the first two quarters in the Straits Area Conference game.

Senior J.J. Sutton added nine points for Newberry (1-10, 1-5), while Jordan Fountaine had 13 to lead the Chiefs