Prep boys basketball: Marquette wins battle of unbeatens against Munising
MUNISING – It took the Upper Peninsula’s No. 1 large school to do it, but the Munising boys basketball record is no longer unblemished.
The Mustangs suffered their first loss of the season as visiting Marquette ran off with a 54-46 victory on Tuesday night.
The Redmen (9-0), ranked No. 1 in Tuesday’s release of the U.P. Class ABC poll, sprinted out to a 21-5 lead after one quarter and forced Munising (7-1), No. 2 in the U.P. Class D rankings, to play catch-up the rest of the night.
“They jumped out on us pretty good in the first quarter,” Mustangs coach Dan Waterman said. “Their length bothered us a little bit on the inside, but really what it was, they competed harder than us early on.
“They’re very good defensively. It was very evident when they were pushing us out five feet behind the 3-point line. It’s hard to make baskets consistently from there.
“Then we played better in the second, third and fourth quarters. I was happy we didn’t quit when we got behind.
“I think we’ll get better because of this game. You can see the kind of games they get involved in every time they take the court. We needed that wake-up call.”
Marquette still led 43-25 after three quarters before Munising outscored MSHS 21-11 in the final period.
Redmen senior Larry Burnette and 6-foot-8 junior teammate Vejas Grazulis led all scorers with 14 points each. Grazulis joined Munising’s Alex Hill in pulling down a game-high six rebounds apiece.
MSHS senior Andy Nyquist added 12 points, while Mustangs junior Austin Kelto had 13. Hill and Munising teammates Garrett Blank and Ben Stasewich all scored eight points.
Marquette also won the JV game, 47-40.
Iron Mountain 51
At Negaunee, the visiting Mountaineers frustrated the U.P.’s No. 2 Class ABC team with a variety of zone defenses in the first quarter before Negaunee figured them out.
IM (6-4 overall, 4-3 Mid-Peninsula Conference) led 11-10 after one quarter before the Miners (9-1, 4-0) took charge in the second with some steals and easy transition baskets for a 32-21 halftime edge.
“Iron Mountain tried a couple of different types of zone. They did a good job of keeping us guessing,” NHS coach Mike O’Donnell said. “We handled it a lot better in the second quarter once we figured out you have to do the same thing against it, no matter what kind of zone it is.”
Negaunee built a 14-point lead midway through the fourth quarter.
Miners senior guard Tyler Jandron and sophomore teammate Jay Lori led all scorers with 18 points apiece, while senior forward Zane Radloff added 14 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Jandron and fellow senior Eric Lori each had seven assists and five steals.
For IM, senior center Zach Caudell scored 12 points and senior guard CJ Qualley added 11.
The Mountaineers won the JV game, 50-45.
Westwood 51, Norway 46
At Ishpeming, the four Lukes combined to match the Knights’ point total of 46 as Westwood improved to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in the M-PC.
Senior Justin Luke scored a game-high 19 points, while senior Luke Woods and sophomore Luke Gray had 10 points apiece. Senior teammate Luke Duquette added seven points to go with a team-high 10 rebounds.
“In the fourth quarter, we were able to get up and down the floor. I think that’s when our speed started to catch up with them,” Patriots coach Ryan Reichel said.
Norway (4-5, 2-4) led 21-18 at halftime before Westwood wrested away a 33-32 advantage entering the final quarter.
In the fourth, the Pats build a lead of 12 or 13 points before the Knights rained in several 3-pointers to make a game of it in the end.
Nick Bal paced Norway with 11 points while Bryce Grayvold added 10.
Westwood also won the JV game, but no score was available.
At Ishpeming, the Hematites held Gladstone to nine first-half points before the Braves erupted in the second half.
“I though we played an excellent first half by holding them to nine points,” IHS coach Jeff Olson said. “To score 38 points in the second half, we’ve got to play better defense if we’re going to be successful.”
Ishpeming (5-2), with some early shooting woes, led 8-6 after one quarter and 22-9 at halftime. The Hematites built their lead to as many as 20 points before the Braves (4-6) whittled it to five points later in the half.
Ishpeming senior Bobby Zhulkie led all scorers with 17 points, while senior teammate Alex Briones added 14, senior Derek DeCaire 12 and 6-5 sophomore Ozzy Corp 10. Zhulkie and Corp shared Hematite rebounding honors with seven apiece.
For Gladstone, Tyler Wells scored 15 points, Jared Hunter 12 and Drew Olesak 11.
Ishpeming won the JV game, 68-29.