Prep boys basketball roundup: Munising improves to 5-0 by topping Rapid River

RAPID RIVER – Senior Andy Cooper of Munising High School beat the buzzer on a follow-up shot for a 51-49 Central U.P. boys basketball win over host Rapid River on Thursday.

With the win, the Mustangs advance to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the league. Munising is the No. 2-ranked Class D team in the Upper Peninsula.

“I didn’t think we played very well in the first half, but I give a lot of credit to Rapid River,” Munising head coach Dan Waterman said. “They outplayed us.”

The Rockets led 26-21 at intermission and carried that lead through the third quarter.

The Mustangs got a second wind in the final quarter, outscoring the Rockets 15-9.

“We overcame some obstacles and showed a lot of character in the fourth quarter,” Waterman said.

The game was tied with 11 seconds remaining when Cooper came through for the Mustang win.

Junior Ben Stasewich led Munising with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Jake Pearson notched a team-high 26 points for Rapid River (1-5, 1-4) to go with nine boards.

In another buzzer beater, Rapid River won the junior varsity game, 35-33.

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Bark River-Harris 72,

Superior Central 64

HARRIS – Bark River-Harris kicked it into high gear in the second quarter for a 72-64 Central Upper Peninsula Conference boys basketball victory over Superior Central on Thursday night.

A slow start by the Broncos suddenly turned red-hot as BR-H exploded for 32 points in the second quarter.

Four Broncos scored in double figures, led by Jordan Sodergren’s 13 points. Teeple had 12, Welch 11 and Kyle Kleiman 10. Welch added six assists and four steals while Kleiman racked up seven steals, six rebounds, three assists and a block.

Jake Aho scored a game-high 16 points for Superior Central. Greg Seppanen had 15 points and Cody Maki posted 10 for SC.

“They went in and they had a great attitude,” SC coach Herb Jenkins said. “The great thing about Jake Aho is he’s a hard worker. I’d like him to shoot a little more, but they’re all unselfish kids. Jake just started playing basketball as a freshman and he’s come so far in a little over two years. It’s amazing.”

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North Dickinson 56,

Republic-Michigamme 41

FELCH – North Dickinson used a strong third quarter to pull away from Republic-Michigamme for its first Skyline Conference victory of the season, earning a 56-41 decision on Thursday.

“This was the kind of game we thought we’d be successful with if we did the things we wanted to accomplish,” Nordics head coach Chris Mattson said. “Republic stuck around. They played hard the whole game.”

A late bucket at the end of the second quarter allowed the Nordics to go into the break up eight.

In the third, North Dickinson outscored the Hawks 21-7 to take command.

Reggie Johnson (13), Noah Berg (11) and Justin Clark (10) led a balanced Nordic (4-1, 1-1) scoring sheet.

Marcus Antilla paced R-M (1-5, 0-5) with 17 points. Philip Koski added 10.

North Dickinson’s JV coasted to a 68-49 triumph.