Ishpeming teams win Class B, C championship games Sunday
NEGAUNEE – It turned into an all Stonehouse Window and Door weekend at the Negaunee Invitational Tournament.
A pair of teams with the name of the Ishpeming business swept to Class B and C championships on Sunday evening at the 49th annual event, sponsored by Charter Communications.
In Class B, Stonehouse took the more difficult route, getting knocked into the loser’s bracket earlier in the afternoon, so it had to play three games in about five hours.
But led by division MVP Tim Strom, Stonehouse wrapped up the B title with a 77-63 victory over U.P. Insurance of Negaunee. Strom, a former star at Marquette Senior High School and Michigan Tech University, scored 18 points while his ex-MTU teammate Josh Buettner added 17.
U.P. Insurance was led by yet another former Husky, Ali Haidar, with 22 points as Matt Esters had 15.
The Stonehouse players slipped into the loser’s bracket when U.P. Insurance beat them 67-62 in the afternoon. Esters led the winners with 21 points, while ex-MTU player Mike Hojnacki and T.J. Brown added 18 apiece. For Stonehouse, Jim Clement scored 16 points and Buettner 11.
Just prior to the title tilt, Stonehouse knocked off McNeil Oilers of Crystal Falls, 98-68, as Strom notched 20 points and Jake Suardini 18. The Oilers were paced by Terry Clement with 17 and Anthony Grandberry with 14.
McNeil also had to play three games Sunday, winning their first two. In the morning the Oilers downed Detroit Express, 86-71, as Clement scored 19 points and Cal Reindle and Darin Kudwa each had 12. The Express’ Jeff Stiefel scored 19 and Nick McGuire 16.
Late in the afternoon, McNeil outscored Wilson Trucking and Excavating of Prescott, 101-88, as Grandberry scored 28 points and Kudwa and Eric Leeman each had 24. Wilson’s Randy Clark scored 23 and Darrin Wilson 15.
Wilson also beat U.P. Propane of Negaunee in the morning, 69-64, as John Duke scored 25 points and Clark had 15. U.P. Propane was led by a pair of high school senior stars, Tanner Uren of Negaunee scoring 21 points and A.J. Grazulis of Marquette 19.
In Class C, a single-elimination division, Stonehouse proved too much in the championship game, blowing past U.P. Elite’s of Green Bay, Wis., 102-52. Former Negaunee player Tony Jandron scored 30 points and division MVP Aaron Faulkner added 29 for the winners, while C.J. Paquin had 16 and Drew Paquin 11 for Elite.
Stonehouse also defeated U.P. Insurance of Negaunee, 70-62, in the early afternoon as Faulkner scored 18 points and Joey Pontbriand had 17. Negaunee senior Anthony Katona and his soon-to-be brother-in-law Garrett Peck each scored 16 for U.P. Insurance.
U.P.’s Elite made it to the title game by knocking off Juice Promotions of Carney, 93-69, as Steve Paquin scored 21 points and Drew Paquin 19. Ben Kitkowski had 25 and Craig Carter 10 for JP.
In Saturday’s late game, U.P.’s Elite held off The Downtowner of Houghton, 96-89, as Drew Paquin scored 35 points and C.J. Paquin added 17. DT’s Victor Harrington had 27 and Kurt Corcoran 25.