Big quarter lifts Negaunee over Westwood while Ishpeming stops Manistique in M-PC boys basketball
ISHPEMING – Outscoring host Westwood High School 21-4 in the second quarter, the Negaunee Miners went on to post a 53-30 Mid-Peninsula Conference boys basketball victory Wednesday night.
“Our game plan worked in the first quarter, as we slowed it down,” WHS head coach Ryan Reichel said. “But in the second, we tried to run with them and you can’t do that against Negaunee.
“We got some easy looks in the second and didn’t make the shots. Negaunee took charge from there.”
WHS held the Miners’ Tyler Jandron to just eight points.
“I put my freshman guard (Luke Gray) on Jandron (defensively), but Jandron did a great job creating shots for everyone else,” Reichel said.
Zane Radloff led the Class C No. 7 state-ranked Miners (13-1 overall, 8-0 M-PC) with 12 points. Tanner Uren added 11.
For the Patriots (0-12, 0-7), Justin Luke notched eight points.
At Ishpeming Wednesday night, the host Hematites placed four players in double figures scoring-wise in beating Manistique, 78-54, in a Mid-Peninsula Conference boys basketball contest.
Joe Lyle led the way with 20 points, but he got plenty of help. Bobby Zhulkie added 14 points, while Cody Kuliu and Derek DeCaire chipped in 13 apiece.
DeCaire also hauled in 10 rebounds for Ishpeming (5-6 overall, 3-4 M-PC).
“We started out well in the first half,” Ishpeming head coach John Tiziani said, noting his team’s 46-22 lead at intermission.
“Our full court (defensive) pressure led to some turnovers. (Manistique guard Tyler) Kangas was out with the flu and that hurt them. They didn’t handle the ball well.”
Tiziani added Kuliu played a “fantastic” game off the bench in scoring his season-high in points.
“DeCaire had a double-double, too. It was a good team effort,” the coach said.
Coby Ryan and Conner Selling tossed in 14 points apiece for the Emeralds (4-10, 2-9).