Prep boys basketball roundup: Munising holds sharpshooting Carney-Nadeau to just one 3-pointer in 57-44 win

MUNISING – Defense was the name of the game for Munising in a marquee matchup of two of the best Class D boys basketball teams in the Upper Peninsula on Monday night.

The Mustangs allowed visiting Carney-Nadeau to make just one 3-pointer as they raced off with a 57-44 victory. Munising, the No. 3 team in the U.P. poll released today, improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the Central U.P. Conference, while the Wolves, at No. 5, dropped to 6-2 and 4-2.

“The key for us is that Carney-Nadeau plays a unique style of drive and kick it, drive and kick it, drive and kick it, and look for the open 3,” Munising coach Dan Waterman said. “I was thrilled with how hard we competed and were able to get on them at the 3-point line.”

That 3-pointer was made by Austin Johnson, who finished with 17 points. Teammate Dionte Blahnik led C-N with 19 points and 14 rebounds.

Covering Blahnik statistically was Munising’s 6-foot-6 junior center Ben Stasewich, who dropped in 16 points and 15 rebounds. Senior teammate Noah Ackerman also poured in 16 points, making all three of his team’s triples.

“We were down a starter with (junior Andy) Cooper out, but the guys stepped up,” Waterman said, “especially Ackerman and (junior Alex) Hill off the bench.”

Hill finished with eight points.

The Mustangs broke the game open in the second quarter, turning a narrow 14-13 advantage into a 34-20 bulge by halftime. They extended the lead to 48-31 after three quarters.

C-N’s JV won 43-27.


Republic-Michigamme 72,

Dollar Bay 30

At Republic, the Hawks were in control the whole way for their second win of the season against a team from the Copper Country Conference, a league they will join next season.

“The entire game we had just three turnovers,” R-M coach Bill Radcliffe said. “We were executing everything and kept at Dollar Bay with our defense.”

The Hawks (2-5) raced to a 20-4 lead after one quarter. Though comfortably ahead 28-13 at halftime, R-M effectively ended the game with a 25-4 run in the third to take a 53-17 advantage.

Ten Hawks scored, led by junior Marcus Antilla with 21 points as he also contributed five assists and five rebounds. Fellow juniors Philip Koski added 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds, while Cody Carlson scored 10 points. Senior David Simula had six points, five assists and five rebounds.

R-M won the JV game, 40-37.


Superior Central 57,

Ewen-Trout Creek 52

At Ewen, underclassemen kept the visiting Cougars (2-5) in the game until their seniors could put a stamp on the final result, according to SC coach Herb Jenkins.

He wasn’t so pleased with a total of 50 turnovers by both teams, though his team forced 33 out of E-TC (1-5).

“We couldn’t do anything with it once we got it,” Jenkins said about the Panthers’ turnovers. “It was a very strange game. The underclassemen kept us in the game, but the seniors won it at the end.”

Brandon Maki scored 16 points, fellow junior Jake Aho added 14 and sophomore Greg Seppanen had 10. But seniors Cody Maki and Nick Maki scored all of their six points apiece in the final period, as did Justyn Hill who had four points.

The Cougars held a slim 10-9 advantage after one quarter before E-TC rebounded to take at 26-23 lead. SC went back ahead 36-33 to set up the run to the finish line.