Prep boys basketball: Jandron sets record, Lori clinches comeback win for Negaunee vs. Ishpeming

NEGAUNEE – With 23 points Wednesday night, senior guard Tyler Jandron set a Negaunee High School boys basketball scoring record held by his brother Tony.

“(Before Tony)?The record had stood since the mid-80’s,” NHS head coach Mike O’Donnell said after Tyler Jandron had run his career total to 1,028 points. “To break his brother Tony’s record is pretty neat.

“It’s a tremendous accomplishment. Tyler has been a tremendous player for us.”

Tyler’s fete at Negaunee’s Lakeview Memorial Gymnasium was special, but his teammate, Eric Lori, also did something noteworthy.

Lori sank a 3-point shot with 30 seconds left to cap a furious NHS rally and give the Miners a 57-55 Mid-Peninsula Conference victory over Ishpeming.

“I just took what was open.” said Lori, a senior guard. “I could tell it was in when I shot.”

Ishpeming set up a final play and senior guard-forward Alex Briones – who poured in a game-high 28 points – was dribbling and preparing for a final shot attempt in the waning seconds.

But Jandron stayed with him and wound up stealing the ball with one second left to seal the Negaunee win. The Class ABC second-ranked Miners are now 6-1 overall and 2-0 in league play.

“Tyler had four fouls. He could have sent Briones to the free throw line and fouled out for overtime,” O’Donnell said. “But he just got his hand on the ball.”

Ishpeming head coach Jeff Olson had a play set up for the final shot attempt.

“We didn’t run it right, so we kind of ad-libbed something,” he said. “It didn’t work out, obviously.”

With Briones firing in 13 points in the third quarter – nailing three triples in the process – the Hematites (2-1, 0-1) took a 14-point lead at 50-36 late in the third quarter after a Bobby Zhulkie trey. The latter finished with 13 points. But Jandron notched Negaunee’s next 10 points to cut the Hematites’ lead to 52-46 with 5:05 left in the game.

Briones – held to just five free throws in the final quarter after O’Donnell decided to have Jandron defend the state Division 7-8 Associated Press first team quarterback – hit a charity stripe toss.

Lori then sank a putback, Jandron buried a 3-pointer and Lori did the same to give Negaunee a 54-54 advantage with 1:40 left.

“We tightened up our defense and Tyler just took over,” said Lori, who finished with 19 points. “We all came together and played our game.”

Jandron (10) and Lori (7) combined for 17 of Negaunee’s 18 fourth-quarter points. Jandron also recorded five assists and five steals in the contest.

Added Olson: “(Negaunee) played tough in the fourth quarter. They made some big shots – some tough 3s – to come back and I don’t think we sank a shot in the fourth quarter.

“I think we played a great game. We just let up in the fourth quarter. We forced some shots. I guess we could have let some air out of the ball late.”

Ishpeming, with Briones scoring 10 points and Zhulkie eight, took a 30-25 halftime lead despite 10 points by Jandron and eight by Lori.

The Hematites outscored the Miners 19-12 in the second quarter.

Ishpeming outrebounded the Miners 24-19 in the game. Briones paced the Hematites with eight; Jay Lori led the Miners with eight.

Ishpeming won the junior varsity game, 53-48.