Prep boys basketball: Ishpeming edges Gwinn in another tight battle

GWINN – Since Jan. 14, the Gwinn High School boys basketball team has lost 3-of-4 games by a total of eight points.

The latest defeat came Wednesday night when the Modeltowners fell to Ishpeming, 55-51 in overtime, in a Mid-Peninsula Conference contest.

“I hope we face them in the districts,” said GHS head coach Darren Sinnaeve after noting his team lost to the Hematites a week ago today, 61-59, on a pair of late 3-point shots by Bobby Zhulkie.

Gwinn also dropped a 49-47 decision to Gladstone during the skid.

“We know we can play well against good teams,” Sinnaeve said. “It was another great game (Wednesday), very physical on both sides.”

Zhulkie paced Ishpeming with 19 points. He nailed 5 of 6 free throws in the OT.

“He killed us the first game with those two late 3’s,” Sinnaeve said. “He’s just tough to handle.”

Alex Briones added 12 points and Ozzy Corp 11 for Ishpeming (6-2, 3-1 M-PC).

Justin Beauchamp notched a career-high 17 points to complement a team-high 12 rebounds for Gwinn (5-4, 4-2).

Owen DeVooght, who sank a triple at the buzzer in regulation time to send the game into the extra session, contributed 15 points.

Ishpeming led just 19-17 at the half, but outscored Gwinn 18-10 in the third quarter to lead 37-27 heading into the final stanza.

The Modeltowners used an 18-8 surge in the final eight minutes of regulation, however, to force OT.

Gwinn won the junior varsity game, 56-47.