Munising clinches share of Central U.P. boys basketball title
MUNISING – Gage Webster and his Munising High School boys basketball teammates made sure Monday night they would clinch at least a share of the Central U.P. League title.
Webster fired in 25 points and the Mustangs of head coach Dan Waterman improved to 8-2 in the league and 13-4 overall.
“It’s our first year in the league, so we’re excited about clinching (a share of) the CUP,” Waterman said. “It’s a great win.
“(North Central) is big, physical and athletic.”
The visiting Jets (14-2, 7-2) took a 9-2 lead, but Webster nailed three 3-point shots to get Munising back on track.
“He was on fire from the outside,” Waterman said of the 6-0 senior guard. “He also made some clutch free throws in the fourth quarter.”
Ben Stasewich added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Mustangs. Michael Mannisto chipped in 11 points.
For North Central, which trailed 26-21 at the half, Travis Vincent led the way with 12 points. Rob Granquist, Caleb Martin and Trevor Ekberg all added 11 points each.
At Norway, Patriots juniors Luke Woods and Justin Luke each were 2 of 2 on free throws in the final 25 seconds as Westwood won for the third time in four games.
Westwood (3-13, 3-7 Mid-Peninsula Conference) allowed just four points in both the second and third quarters to build a 30-17 lead entering the final period.
“But then they looked for shots wherever they could get them and started making them,” WHS coach Ryan Reichel said. “This was a good test for our boys with the districts coming up, because you’re never going to win a game then by 20 points.
“It’s a real confidence boost the way we came up with the free throws at the end.”
Luke led all scorers with 14 points, while senior Travis Swanson pulled down nine rebounds to go with eight points and Woods and freshman point guard Luke Gray each had four assists.
John Grayvold led Norway (3-12, 2-8) with 13 points.
The Knights won the JV game, 35-34.