Burnette, Brow spark Marquette to Great Northern Conference win over Gladstone

MARQUETTE – The Marquette Senior High School boys basketball team overcame a sluggish first half at home to top Gladstone 53-43 in Great Northern Conference play on Tuesday.

Larry Burnette dumped in 17 points, Brad Brow added 12 and AJ Grazulis chipped in 11 as Class ABC No. 1-ranked Redmen raised their overall record to 12-1 overall and 6-0 in the GNC.

“We didn’t have a field goal in the second quarter,” said MSHS head coach Brad Nelson, whose squad was outscored 12-6 in the stanza and trailed at the half, 20-19.

“We were stagnant offensively and did a lot of standing around. But we made some adjustments at the half and got better ball movement.”

Michael Cretens (14) and Jared Vukson (11) combined for 25 points for the Braves (6-7, 1-4).

Gladstone won the JV game, 56-43.

Gwinn 41, Norway 29

At Norway, the Knights were unable to solve Gwinn’s defensive adjustment after halftime in Mid-Peninsula Conference play.

“It was a one-point game at halftime, but they went to more of a half-court trap and we did a poor job of breaking it,” Norway coach Ben Leiker said. “We had too many turnovers and our shots were rushed.”

Gwinn outscored the Knights 7-0 in the third frame to take command of game.

Gwinn got nine points each by Justin Nyquist and Derek Reetz.

The Knights’ JV team posted a 43-22 victory.

Munising 51,

Big Bay de Noc 32

At Munising, Gage Webster led the offense while the Mustangs’ defense clamped down on visiting Big Bay de Noc for the Central U.P. league win.

Webster poured in a game-high 20 points and the Munising defense held the Black Bears to just two second quarter points in improving to 10-3 overall and 5-1 in the league.

Ben Stasewich added 11 points and 19 rebounds for the Mustangs in the second game of a back-to-back set after beating Ishpeming Monday night, 49-46.

“Our defense was real good in the second quarter,” said Mustangs head coach Dan Waterman, whose team led 26-14 at the half. “Our offense then fed off that.

“Gage had a nice game. He had four 3s and it was nice to see him bust out.”

Munising won the JV game, 51-47.

Superior Central 60,

Rapid River 29

At Eben, Superior Central blew open a 12-point game with a big fourth quarter to take over first place by a half-game in the Central Upper Peninsula at 6-1.

The Cougars (10-4 overall) led 21-15 at halftime and 35-23 after three quarters as they committed just eight turnovers while making 19 steals.

Trevor Maki paced the winners with 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while teammate Bryce Richard had 14 points and Daniel Steward 10 points and four steals. In addition, SC’s Matt Verbrigghe pulled down eight rebounds and Tyler Kienitz had five steals.