Stonehouse slips in NIT Class A opener

NEGAUNEE – Stonehouse Window and Door, the local entry in Class A at the Negaunee Invitational Tournament, lost its opening game 74-61 to Racine Team Select of Racine, Wis., on Friday night to fall into the loser’s bracket.

Matt Cameron scored 15 points and Ali Haidar 10 for Stonehouse, while Quiande Moore had 16 and Marvin Sykes 11 for Racine.

Friday’s losing teams will play in elimination games at 8 or 9:15 a.m. at the 49th annual event’s main venue, Lakeview Memorial Gymnasium, or at Negaunee Middle School. Those teams will have to win two games today and four more Sunday to get to the championship game.

Friday’s winners have a simpler route and have off until later this morning or early afternoon, with all subsequent games back at Lakeview.

The Charter Communications-sponsored NIT’s annual Fox Negaunee Slam Dunk competition and Three-Point Shootout take place at 8:15 p.m. today at Lakeview.

One of the 16 teams entered in Class A, Paisano’s Wolfpack of Indianapolis, had to withdraw after team members were involved in a traffic accident in Chicago. There apparently were no serious injuries, though it’s opening-round opponent, Midwest Dynasty, earned a bye in its opener.

In another game played Friday, Lids Team Sports/The Bar of Green Bay, Wis., more than doubled up Bates Fundamentals of Ypsilanti, 93-46. Kon Knueppel scored 24 points and Josh Metzger 23 for the winners, while Cory Gylock had 15 for Bates.

The Chris Boykins Outlaw squad from Lansing overcame a 24-point first half deficit to beat Jay Bee Auto of Kenosha, Wis., 81-74.

Thad McFadden popped in 22 points and Jujuan Cooley, from Indiana Tech, added 10 to pace the winners.

Issa Avery (22) and Thomas Cobbs (20), who played basketball at Concordia, combined for 42 points to lead Jay Bee Auto.

Horace Bond poured in 27 points and Marcus Jackson 22 to power I-Ball of Gary, Ind., to a 90-58 triumph over Wick Ware Farms of the Thumb area downstate.

Billy Goodall tossed in 18 points and Tristin Pennington chipped in 17 for Wick Ware Farms.

Lewis/Skil of Traverse City got 21 points from Ben Simons and 14 from Brandon McCleary in a 119-55 rout of the All City Ballers of Appleton, Wis.

Eli McCauley netted 18 points and Anthony Tolliver 10 for the losers.