Prep boys basketball: Marquette shuts down Jandron, proves too much for Negaunee

NEGAUNEE – Larry Burnette poured in 17 points to lead the Marquette Senior High School boys basketball team to a 51-40 nonconference win over previously undefeated Negaunee on Thursday night.

But as much as he sparkled offensively at Negaunee’s Lakeview Memorial Gymnasium, the senior forward may have played even better on defense.

Burnette, with a little help from teammate Brad Brow, held Miners star Tyler Jandron to 17 points – eight from the free throw line – as the Redmen improved to 2-0 overall.

“Larry knows what Jandron likes to do (offensively),” MSHS head coach Brad Brow said. “He did a great job on Jandron.”

The reigning Class ABC Upper Peninsula Player of the Year, Jandron made just 4 of 24 shots from the field with Burnette and Brow hounding him.

“I just stayed on my feet and squared up with (Jandron),” Burnette said. “I just wanted to play some good ‘D’ and keep a hand in his face.”

With senior shooting guard Eric Lori sidelined with a sprained right ankle sustained in practice Monday, the Miners were lacking some firepower.

“That’s 20 points of offense we missed,” Negaunee head coach Mike O’Donnell said. “We lacked a secondary (scoring option).

“I think Tyler thinks he needs to pick up the slack. He’s feeling he has to score more.”

The Miners (3-1) used six points each from Jandron and Jay Lori – the latter sinking a shot at the buzzer – to take a 16-10 first quarter lead.

“We played with confidence, played some great defense and executed our game plan,” O’Donnell said.

But it all unraveled in the second stanza when Marquette notched 13 unanswered points to start the quarter and take a 23-16 advantage.

Lori hit a free throw with 1:10 left in the half to enable the Miners to end the scoreless streak.

“That (surge) gave our guys some confidence,” Nelson said. “We were on our heels in the first quarter and not attacking the rim.

“The second quarter, we did a much better job handling Negaunee’s (defensive) pressure on the perimeter.”

Brazeau notched five points, Burnette four and Andy Nyquist four of his 13 game points in the second quarter for MSHS.

The Miners managed to cut Marquette’s lead to 31-29 on a bucket by Robert Loy and a hook shot by Lori midway through the third.

But Burnette hit a 3-point shot off the glass to give MSHS a five-point lead en route to a 36-31 advantage heading into the final quarter.

Brow sank two charity stripe tosses and Burnette hit a long jumper to put the Redmen up 40-31. The Miners scored just nine points in the final eight minutes, seven by Jandron.

“We got better shots tonight than we did Tuesday (in a 46-37 road win over Kingsford),” O’Donnell said. “But we’re still struggling with our shooting. We just didn’t put them in tonight.”

Negaunee made just 15 of 51 shots from the field for 29 percent while the Redmen were a reported 15 of 25 for 60 percent.

“We both play similar styles and both emphasize defense,” Nelson said. “But we handled the pressure of playing in this gym.

“We also responded well in the second quarter after a sluggish first quarter.”

Negaunee won the junior varsity contest, 43-36.