Prep boys basketball: Negaunee runs, jumps all over Norway for Mid-Peninsula Conference win

NORWAY – Negaunee broke out its run-and-jump defense against Norway Thursday.

It worked.

The Miners, with guards Tyler Jandron and Eric Lori creating havoc, rolled to a 46-15 halftime cushion and a 71-39 Mid-Peninsula Conference boys basketball decision.

“We went to a little run-and jump defense that we really haven’t used this year,” Negaunee coach Mike O’Donnell said. “We wanted to try it out and I thought it sparked us a little bit. It got us going.

“Defensively, I think it transferred over to the offensive end. We played with energy on defense and looked good on offense.”

Jandron scored a game-high 15 points and Lori added 12. Both wound up the game with ice-strapped ankles, but both were precautionary measures.

“(Negaunee’s) guards are just so good,” Norway coach Ben Leiker said. “In high school or college basketball, if you have two good guards, you can cause a lot of damage.

“I really don’t know how good their forwards are. These guards get them the ball into such good position.”

Negaunee’s Zane Radloff contributed a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Tyler Windahl added 11 points and Jay Lori chipped in nine.

Negaunee’s early full-court pressure and speed bothered Norway. Leiker was also disappointed with his team’s effort.

“They’re better than us one through five,” Leiker said. “We knew that going in. But yet they still outworked us. That’s hard to take.

“If you’re not as skilled, you have to outhustle them. We weren’t getting to loose balls. We weren’t boxing out every possession.

“We weren’t doing the things we have to do,” he added.

The second half was much closer (25-24, Negaunee) and the defensive pressure reduced.

“I thought we played well and with energy,” O’Donnell said. “We shared the ball, took high percentage shots and those were goals going into the game.

“It was defense that set the tone for us tonight.”

Bryce Grayvold’s 14 points paced Norway (3-5, 2-3). Austin Grayvold chipped in 11.

Negaunee remained unbeaten in the M-PC with a 3-0 record. Overall, the Miners are 8-1.

“Nice team effort on the road,” O’Donnell said. “Everybody in the game played hard. That’s what we’re really focusing on nine games in.

“We want to pick this up to another level and head into tournament mode.”