Prep boys basketball roundup: Negaunee avoids letdown, doesn’t overlook Gladstone in 71-57 victory
NEGAUNEE – The Upper Peninsula’s No. 2 Class ABC boys basketball team didn’t suffer from the dreaded letdown game on Tuesday night.
Playing four days after an emotional win at nearby rival Ishpeming and two days before a much anticipated showdown at No. 1 Marquette, the Miners efficiently dispatched of Gladstone at home, 71-57.
“I was fairly pleased with how we came out, with this being a nonconference game between Ishpeming and Marquette,” NHS coach Mike O’Donnell said.
The key to this win was the second quarter, when Negaunee held a 22-6 edge to take a 41-19 halftime lead.
“We played a nice second quarter, but we didn’t do anything special,” O’Donnell said. “We just clamped down on them defensively after they hit some shots in the first quarter.”
The Miners’ Eric Lori led all scorers with 21 points, while fellow senior guard Tyler Jandron added 14 points, nine assists and five steals. Another guard, junior Robert Loy, scored 13 points while sophomore forward Jay Lori pulled down seven rebounds.
For Gladstone, senior forward Jared Hunter scored 16 points while senior center David Dykowski had nine.
Negaunee also won the JV game, 69-38.
Rapid River 12
At Munising, this game got ugly starting in the second quarter as the Rockets scored just one point over the final three quarters once the Mustangs jumped out to a 25-11 first-quarter lead.
“This was Senior Night for us, and our two seniors played extremely well,” MHS coach Dan Waterman said about Noah Ackerman and Chase Nebel. “Our guys continued to play hard throughout the game.”
For Munising (14-1, 8-0 Central U.P. Conference), Austin Kelto scored 14 points and fellow junior Ben Stasewich added 12 to go with a game-high eight rebounds.
Hayden Hardwick scored five points for RR (5-10, 4-7), which played without leading scorer Jake Pearson in the second half due to foul trouble.
The Mustangs also won the JV game, 46-25.
Forest Park 66,
At Crystal Falls, the host Trojans canned nine triples against R-M’s zone defense for the Skyline Conference win.
Austin Snell and Austin Carlson led FP (14-1, 10-1) with 12 points apiece as each nailed two 3-pointers. Carlson reached double-double territory by also pulling down a game-high 15 rebounds. Brett Smithson added nine more points, all on 3-pointers.
Philip Koski of R-M (5-11, 1-10) led all scorers with 14 points, while teammate Marcus Antilla added nine.
Forest Park also won the JV game, but no score was available.