Prep boys basketball: Mustangs finish off big week with win

MUNISING – The Munising boys basketball team completed a busy week on the hardwood with its second two-point victory in five days, a 47-45 victory over visiting Menominee on Saturday afternoon.

Coming less than 24 hours after a 19-point home victory over Mid Peninsula, the Mustangs improved to 13-1 and should only solidify and possibly improve their No. 3 standing in the Upper Peninsula Class D boys poll when this week’s voting is announced. On Tuesday, Munising went on the road for a 64-62 win at Big Bay de Noc.

The Class B Maroons (5-8) led for much of the first half before Munising pulled within a point, 25-24, at halftime. The Mustangs then jumped out early in the third quarter and built a lead of up to eight points before Menominee retook the lead in the game’s final few minutes.

Junior Garrett Blank, Munising’s leading scorer with 12 points, hit a late bucket to get his team back ahead, 46-45, and tacked on a free throw for the final margin.

“After Garrett put us on top with that basket, we made three straight stops on (Menominee),” Mustangs coach Dan Waterman said. “We limited them to one shot because we did a great job of rebounding.”

Junior Colin Immel added 10 points to the winning cause, while junior teammate Ben Stasewich pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.

The Maroons’ Marcus McKenney scored 16 points and Adam Nolde had 10. But the pair had just three points in the second half.