Prep boys basketball: Jandron sparks Negaunee to M-PC win over Gwinn

NEGAUNEE – Tyler Jandron scored a season-high 29 points against visiting Gwinn on Thursday night.

But the 6-foot-1 Negaunee High School senior guard may be just as proud of his defensive effort in a 64-44 NHS victory at Lakeview Memorial Gymnasium.

Jandron came up with seven of Negaunee’s 15 total steals as the Class ABC No. 2-ranked Miners improved to 11-1 overall and 6-0 in the Mid-Peninsula Conference.

“I like to pick up my defensive intensity because I can get points off turnovers and (then) fast breaks,” he said. “Defense is where my offense comes from.”

Said NHS head coach Mike O’Donnell: “Tyler played at both ends of the floor. When you play good defense, it transitions into good offense.”

The reigning Upper Peninsula Class ABC Player of the Year tossed in 12 points in the first half as Negaunee took a 30-17 lead.

He then poured in 13 points in the third quarter as the Miners stretched their advantage to 18 points, 50-32, heading into the final stanza. At one point, he notched 10 unanswered points.

“We were in foul trouble and he just stepped in and took over,” O’Donnell said.

Added Jandron, who also recorded three assists: “I was just taking what (Gwinn) gave me.”

Teammate Eric Lori added 16 points, while Zane Radloff chipped in eight rebounds and eight points.

“You have to try to contain both Jandron and Lori,” Gwinn coach Darren Sinnaeve said. “But Jandron’s so good at attacking the basket. He’s so smooth.”

Lori notched seven points and Jandron four during an 11-0 run in the final 3:25 of the second quarter to break the game open.

Justin Nyquist had scored three points just before that to get Gwinn (5-6, 4-3) to within 19-17 of the Miners.

“We defended well, especially at the end of that (second) quarter,” O’Donnell said.

The Miners held the Modeltowners to just 17 field goals from 46 total shots (36.9 percent) in the contest.

“We looked at some film and knew a lot of (Gwinn’s) plays,” Jandron said. “We took them out of their set plays.”

Sinnaeve said the thing that hurt his team the most besides Jandron and Lori combining for 45 points was his team’s free throw futility. Gwinn sank just 7 of 22 (31.8 percent) from the charity stripe – two of 10 in the second half.

“Our free throw shooting was horrendous,” Sinnaeve said. “You’re not going to beat good teams with that kind of shooting.

“We’ve lost 2-3 games this season by not being able to make free throws.”

Nyquist finished with team highs of 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Modeltowners.

“He played well. He gave us some rebounds and a lot of energy,” Sinnaeve said.

Negaunee won the JV game, 52-44.