Prep boys basketball: Nyquist leads high-energy Gwinn over Iron Mountain, 55-38
IRON MOUNTAIN – Behind game-highs of 22 points and 11 rebounds by Justin Nyquist, Gwinn High School remained unbeaten in the Mid-Peninsula Conference, spilling host Iron Mountain 55-38 Friday evening in boys basketball.
The high-energy Modeltowners applied constant pressure to the Mountaineers, taking advantage of 20 Iron Mountain turnovers.
Gwinn built a 12-point lead by halftime and never saw it dip below 10 the rest of the game.
A four-point game after the first quarter, Gwinn (4-1, 4-0) went on a 10-2 run in the second quarter to build the margin it wouldn’t lose.
Iron Mountain, struggling to run its offense against Gwinn’s pressure, managed just three buckets in the frame.
“That’s the name of our game,” Gwinn head coach Darren Sinnaeve said. “We work hard in practice with conditioning. These kids are conditioned to go hard, and this is why that works pays off.
“It’s tough work to get a win. You’ve got to work your tail off.”
Owen DeVooght joined Nyquist in double figures, scoring 10 points.
Nyquist was playing just his second game of the season after returning from a wrist injury suffered in November.
“Nyquist, he’s a pretty solid player,” IM?coach Harvey “Bucky”?Johnson said. “And DeVooght, he’s still a catalyst.
“Their pressure is disruptive, there’s no doubt about it. They speed you up.
“They don’t necessarily turn you over every time, but they put you in position to take shots you don’t like.”
Gwinn’s largest lead of the game was late in the game at 18 points after a third-attempt putback by Nyquist. Nyquist collected nearly half of his 11 rebounds on the offensive glass.
Said Sinnaeve: “Getting Nyquist back helps us. He’s another weapon. He adds some height in there.”
Zach Caudell’s 14 points led the Mountaineers (4-3, 3-2).
Iron Mountain won the JV game, 67-15.