Prep boys basketball roundup: DeVooght leads Gwinn to snapping three-game skid

GWINN – Snapping a three-game losing streak, the Gwinn High School boys basketball team beat visiting Norway on Tuesday night, 53-36.

“We needed a win bad,” Modeltowners coach Darren Sinnaeve said. “We played well defensively and the kids showed a lot of energy.”

Owen DeVooght paced Gwinn with 18 points, while teammate Justin Nyquist added 13 points and a team-high 12 rebounds.

“Owen had a nice game,” Sinnaeve said. “He made his free throws. He had been struggling at the line, but made 8 of 10 tonight.

“Justin had a good night rebounding, too.”

Gwinn (6-6 overall, 5-3 Mid-Peninsula Conference) led 31-20 at the half, then outscored the Knights (6-7, 2-5) by an 11-4 margin in the third quarter to put the game away.

Austin Grayvold popped in 17 points for Norway.

Gwinn won the JV game, 50-48.

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North Central 53,

Rep.-Michigamme 28

At Republic, the Upper Peninsula’s No. 1 Class D team pulled away in the second quarter after the Hawks (5-9, 1-8 Skyline Conference) kept it close throughout the first period.

“Travis Vincent hit a shot at the buzzer from almost half-court to get them the lead at the end of the first quarter,” R-M coach Bill Radcliffe said about a shot that broke an 11-11 tie.

“They have so many weapons, it’s hard to cover them all.”

Jason Whitens led NC (13-0, 9-0) with 13 points, while junior Marcus Antilla paced the Hawks with 12. Two more juniors, Hunter Schultz and Philip Koski, shared Hawks’ rebounding honors with four apiece.

The Jets also won the JV game, 70-22.

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Rapid River 52,

Superior Central 40

RAPID RIVER – Rapid River shook off a slow start and mounted a comeback in the second half to beat Superior Central.

Josh Deneau led the Rockets (3-8, 3-6 CUP), who won their third straight game, with 16 points, including five 3-pointers.

The Cougars jumped out to a 10-3 first quarter lead and held a 20-14 lead at halftime.

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Munising 64,

Big Bay de Noc 62

GARDEN CORNERS – Third-ranked Mustangs became frequent visitors to the free throw line Tuesday as they beat the Black Bears.

Munising hit 24-of-45 free throws in the Central U.P. Conference contest. The Black Bears were 8-of-13 from the line on Parents’ Night.

Cole Potvin led the Black Bears (7-5 overall, 3-4 CUP) with 25 points and four steals. Bryce Thompson, who sank a shot from slightly beyond half-court at the final buzzer, had 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals in a reserve role.

Austin Kelto paced the Mustangs (11-1 overall, 6-0 league) with 16 points. Ben Stasewich hit 15 and Garrett Blank had 10.

Big Bay trailed 23-11 after the first quarter and 34-31 at halftime.