Prep boys basketball roundup: Negaunee routs Manistique, Republic-Michigamme wins fourth game

MANISTIQUE – Falling behind quickly, the host Manistique Emeralds dropped a 68-23 boys prep basketball decision to the second-ranked Negaunee Miners Friday night.

Manistique trailed 18-3 after the first quarter of the Mid-Peninsula Conference affair.

“They’re a good team,” Emeralds’ coach Todd Kangas said of the Miners. “Their guards are very good and they’re all pretty good shooters.”

Eric Lori led the Miners (10-1 overall, 5-0 M-PC) with 15 points. Robert Loy hit 12 and Tyler Jandron added 10.

Tyler Kangas paced the Emeralds (1-9, 0-5) with six points. Manistique hit just 10 of 40 field goals and committed 11 turnovers.

“We (also) didn’t rebound very well,” coach Kangas said. “We gave up a lot of second and third shot opportunities.”

Negaunee also won the jayvee game, 66-34.

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Republic-Michigamme 50, Baraga 42

At Republic, the Hawks matched their highest win total in at least eight years by improving to 4-6 with their third win over a future Copper Country Conference opponent this season.

R-M jumped out to a 14-5 lead after one quarter before the Vikings whittled it to 31-28 entering the fourth.

“In the fourth quarter, Baraga started to press and we broke it and got some easy baskets,” Hawks coach Bill Radcliffe said.

Marcus Antilla led R-M scorers with 15 points, while fellow junior Philip Koski added 12 points and a team-high 13 rebounds.

Baraga (2-9) had the game’s leading scorer, Brendan Varline, who had 17 points. Teammate Zac Owens chipped in with 12.

The Vikings won the JV game, 56-40.

R-M plays a make-up game at 2:30 p.m. today at home against Skyline Conference foe Bark River-Harris.

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Rapid River 57, Superior Central 55

At Eben, the score was tied 55-55 when the game’s leading scorer, Rapid River’s Jake Pearson, put up a difficult shot that completely missed the rim and backboard.

Teammate Lucas Bero got the offensive rebound and put up the winning layup, his only basket of the night, as time expired to beat SC.

Pearson finished with 19 points, 10 coming in the first quarter as the Rockets took a narrow 13-12 lead.

The game was tied 29-29 at halftime and 42-42 after three quarters to set the finish at the buzzer.

“We had multiple chances to pull away during the game, but just couldn’t get over the hump,” said SC coach Herb Jenkins, who cited unforced turnovers, not playing fundamentally sound and quick possessions as problems for his team.

Nick Maki led the Cougars (2-9 overall, 0-6 Central Upper Peninsula Conference) with 17 points. Cody Maki added 12 and Garrett Schertz scored nine points on a trio of 3-pointers.

RR (2-8, 2-6), which made just 2 of 10 free throws, also got 15 points from Zach Evans, including four 3-pointers.