Prep boys basketball: Nyquist takes over late to lift Marquette over Ishpeming

ISHPEMING – Point guard Andrew Nyquist of the Marquette Senior High School boys basketball team wasn’t happy with his team’s offensive play in the first half against host Ishpeming Tuesday night.

“We weren’t executing our offense and as point guard, that falls on me,” the senior said. “I thought we needed to reverse the ball more.

“Our (undefeated) record was on the line.”

Nyquist sparked a second-half MSHS rally by scoring 11 of his team-high 16 points in a 51-41 non-conference win for the Class ABC No. 1-ranked Redmen.

“Andy did a better job attacking the rim in the second half and controlled the game,” MSHS head coach Brad Nelson said.

Nyquist notched 10 points in the final quarter – four from the charity stripe – as the Redmen pulled away from a 37-31 third quarter lead.

“He’s a great player and got into the middle (of our defense) a lot,” Ishpeming head coach Jeff Olson said. “He just took control. He came through big time in the second half.”

Larry Burnette III, plagued by fouls, added 12 points for the Redmen (13-0).

Alex Briones poured in 24 points for Ishpeming (11-4).

The Hematites controlled play early. With Derek DeCaire scoring five points and Briones four, IHS claimed a 12-7 lead heading into the second quarter.

Briones scored 10 points in the stanza, but the Redmen cut the halftime deficit to three points, 24-21, with the help of a Nyquist 3-point bucket at the buzzer.

“We settled for some bad shots,” Nelson said. “It was as bad as we’ve executed on offense in a long time.”

The Redmen came out with a 2-3 matchup zone defense in the third quarter.

“I went to it because we were in foul trouble with Larry (Burnette),” Nelson said. “I think it slowed Ishpeming down and cut off some passing lanes.

“Defense got us back into the game.”

Still, Briones knocked down a jumper to start the final 16 minutes and then added a fist-pumping three-point play as the Hematites grabbed a 29-21 lead with 6:49 left in the quarter.

But MSHS – fueled by eight points by Burnette and three by Nyquist – went on a 16-2 run to take the six-point third quarter advantage.

“The kids played well early with a lot of energy,” Olson said. “But we just couldn’t put the ball in the basket the second half.

“We had some nice open 3s, but we didn’t hit one triple in the second half other than our last bucket of the game.”

Nyquist, who added a team-high 11 rebounds, five steals and two assists to his night’s work, scored Marquette’s first seven points of the fourth quarter as the Redmen led 44-36 with 3:28 left.

Briones notched his team’s final five points. He also hauled down a team-high seven boards.

Ishpeming took the junior varsity game, 48-39.