Prep boys basketball: Gwinn can’t stop Escanaba

GWINN – Coach Darren Sinnaeve may have had an inkling before Tuesday night’s game his Gwinn High School boys basketball team would struggle against visiting Escanaba.

“We had a poor practice Monday and it carried over,” Sinnaeve said after the 75-60 non-conference loss. “We didn’t play well, but Escanaba played outstanding.”

The Eskymos (13-4) grabbed a 22-11 lead and never looked back. They led 40-23 at the half.

“We lost (Justin Nyquist) to three fouls in the first 3-4 minutes of the game,” Sinnaeve said. “After that first quarter, we just couldn’t get over the hump.”

The coach added Gwinn’s Owen DeVooght, who scored 14 points in the first half, suffered a foot injury in the third quarter and left the game.

Escanaba, which sank 12 of 24 shots from 3-point range, got 24 points from Ben Kleiman. Sam Molnar added 17 and Brandon Robinette chipped in 15 to go with a game-high nine rebounds.

“It takes us four games to make 12 3-pointers,” Sinnaeve joked. “Escanaba just stepped up (offensively).”

Nyquist paced Gwinn (9-7) with 17 points and six boards. DeVooght notched 16 points before leaving.

The Eskymos took the junior varsity contest, 59-47.