Hematites defense stifles Gwinn for M-PC boys hoops win
ISHPEMING – Ishpeming clamped down on several of Gwinn’s top scorers to eke out a 42-40 boys basketball victory in Ishpeming on Friday night.
“I was very, very pleased with our defensive effort,” IHS coach John Tiziani said.
He noted that his team kept Gwinn senior Derek Reetz and junior Justin Nyquist to a combined five points and no baskets.
“I thought we played well in the last two games, for a half against Negaunee and three quarters against Marquette, but we finally put together a full game against Gwinn,” Tiziani said.
Hematites junior Alex Briones continued to impress in his third game back after a season-long foot injury, recording team highs of 12 points and eight rebounds.
“He came off the bench and hit a 3 and a 2 in the first quarter, and scored in every quarter,” Tiziani said. “He adds a legitimate rebounder and a double-digit scoring threat.”
Ishpeming (6-8 overall, 4-5 Mid-Peninsula Conference) jumped out to a 16-9 lead after one quarter before the Modeltowners (12-5, 8-4) pulled within 27-22 at halftime. IHS “outscored” Gwinn 4-3 in the third and held off the visitors’ rally in the fourth.
Hematites senior Joe Lyle scored 10 points, while Gwinn was paced by junior Owen DeVooght with 15 points and sophomore Justin Beauchamp with 11.
Ishpeming also won the JV game, 44-21.
At Republic, the Hawks pulled down 49 rebounds, 22 by 6-foot-6 junior center Jonatan Lygdman, to improve to 4-12.
“We had 23 offensive rebounds when we normally average eight to 10,” R-M coach Bill Radcliffe said. “The guys really wanted this win since it was our Homecoming.”
R-M raced to leads of 15-4 and 24-9 after each of the first two quarters as Lygdman scored 18 points. Sophomore teammate Philip Koski added 11 points and eight rebounds.
St. Ignace 78,
At Newberry, the Indian boys couldn’t keep up with St. Ignace senior Brennan Danielson, who rained in a trio of 3-pointers in the first quarter as the Saints raced to a 24-10 lead after one.
Danielson finished with a game-high 18 points, all on 3s, to lead a quintet of players from St. Ignace (8-6, 7-2 Straits Area Conference) scoring in double figures.
For Newberry (3-14, 2-7), senior center J.J. Sutton led the way with 12 points, senior teammate Kyle Welty added 11 and senior Dustin Brown had 10.