Prep boys basketball: Negaunee holds off Kingsford on the road

KINGSFORD – Kingsford’s defense showed vast improvement Tuesday evening, but a struggling offense allowed unbeaten Negaunee to escape with a 46-37 non-conference boys prep basketball victory.

“Kingsford did a nice job of changing defenses, scrapping,” Negaunee coach Mike O’Donnell said. “They fought well, and they hit some shots on the second half. They made it tough for us. We got challenged again tonight.”

Tyler Jandron’s 23 points led all scorers. The Miners’ senior guard scored 13 of those in the fourth quarter, hitting all but one of his eight free throws in the final frame.

A seven-point run to close the second quarter helped the visiting Miners (3-0) open a 14-point halftime lead. But the Flivvers (0-3) held Negaunee to just one bucket in the third quarter to stay within striking distance in the final frame.

Kingsford, led by Dan Harrington’s 14 points, opened the second half with a 7-0 run, not allowing Negaunee a point until Jay Lori got a layup with a minute left in the stanza.

Kingsford closed to within five of the Miners twice, but could get no closer. A drive by Harrington with 4:25 to play made it 29-24 Negaunee.

While Jandron provided most of the answers to Kingsford’s push, the Miners also got big buckets from Zane Radloff and Robert Loy in the fourth.

Negaunee was without starter Eric Lori after the senior guard turned an ankle near the end of practice Monday.

“It was tough to prepare with the injury happening at the end of practice,” O’Donnell said. “It threw us for a little bit of a loop.

“But we had a lot of people come in and play important minutes, give us positive contribution and do enough to get us a victory on the road.”

Jay Lori finished with 10 points for Negaunee. Loy had eight.