Prep boys basketball roundup: Marquette shakes off rust, take out Gwinn
MARQUETTE – Brad Nelson will be happy enough getting one good half out of his Marquette Redmen on Tuesday night.
After a full week off from playing following the cancellation of Friday’s game, the MSHS coach said his team looked rusty in the first half before coming on strong for a 67-52 victory at home over Gwinn.
“It was kind of goofy in that there wasn’t any real flow to the game,” Nelson said. “We’d open up a lead into double digits, then (Gwinn’s Alex) Morse would keep hitting big shots and keeping them in the game.
“I figured this was our last chance to work on our man-to-man offense, since Gwinn takes away your quick hitters. In the second half, we were able to reverse the ball and get to the rim more. That opened up some good looks on 3s, too.”
The teams were tied 12-12 after one quarter before the Redmen (16-1) took a 26-21 halftime lead. It didn’t go much beyond that in the third quarter, with the Modeltowners (10-8) staying within 40-33 entering the final period.
But Marquette was able to open it up for 27 points in the fourth quarter against a Gwinn team that has been missing Luke Sinnaeve all season due to a knee injury and is now missing fellow senior Owen DeVooght because of a broken foot.
In his place, Morse, a senior guard, scored 19 points while junior Justin Beauchamp and senior Anthony Bodenus had nine each. Senior teammate Kylor Skinner pulled down a team-high five rebounds.
The Modeltowners have two Mid-Peninsula Conference home games remaining, hosting Negaunee on Thursday and Westwood on Saturday.
For the Redmen, who complete their regular season hosting Houghton on Thursday, senior Larry Burnette posted game highs of 24 points and eight rebounds.
Senior teammate Brad Brow chipped in with 14 points while junior Vejas Grazulis added 12. Another senior, point guard Andy Nyquist, dished out four assists.
Marquette also won the JV game, but no score was available.
West Iron County 42
At Ishpeming, an 18-0 run to start the game couldn’t have come at a better time for the Hematites, who are in the midst of playing three games in four days.
Ishpeming led 27-7 after one quarter as coach Jeff Olson said he emptied his bench early as every player scored and nearly all of them played two full quarters.
“We were just making shots and we were right in sync,” Olson said about the start. Overall, the Hematites sank 10 3-pointers.
Ishpeming (15-4) defeated Westwood at home on Monday and hosts Norway on Thursday, both M-PC games.
Alex Briones led the Hematites with 16 points, including four triples, while fellow senior Derek DeCaire scored eight, including two 3s. Another senior, Mitch Laurin, led the team with eight rebounds.
For WIC (3-15), Brock Hopkins scored 14 points.
Ishpeming also won the JV game, 52-33.
Rapid River 48,
At Republic, the Hawks trailed for most of the middle two quarters before trading leads with the Rockets late in the game.
Rapid River led by one point, 45-44, and had the ball with about 30 seconds to go when R-M (6-13, 2-12 Skyline Conference) was twice forced to foul the Rockets’ Hayden Hardwick, who made 3 of 4 free throws to ice the result.
The Hawks lost despite a 22-point, four-steal, four-assist game by Marcus Antilla. Fellow junior Philip Koski added a team-high five rebounds.
RR (6-13, 4-9) got 18 points from Hardwick and 15 from Jake Pearson.
R-M won the JV game, 42-35.