Prep boys basketball: Gwinn, Negaunee cap regular season with victories in M-PC play

GWINN – Closing out its regular season on a high note, the Gwinn High School boys basketball team knocked off visiting Westwood Saturday afternoon, 56-43, in a Mid-Peninsula Conference encounter.

Justin Nyquist poured in 20 points and Kylor Skinner added 10 for the Modeltowners (11-9, 8-4 M-PC).

Teammate Justin Beauchamp chipped in eight rebounds.

“It was the last game four our seniors on their home floor and they all stepped up,” GHS head coach Darren Sinnaeve said. “It’s nice to end the regular season with a winning record.

“We struggled early, though, and were down at the half (24-22). We had a long talk at halftime about increasing the tempo of the game and forcing turnovers.

“We outscored Westwood 14-6 in the third quarter, so I think I got my point across,” he added.

Gwinn also turned in a 20-13 fourth quarter to end the Patriots’ hopes of coming back for the win.

“They struggled with our size and I think we wore them down,” Sinnaeve said.

Luke Woods notched 12 points to lead the Patriots (6-11, 4-8).

Westwood took the junior varsity contest, 40-37.

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Negaunee 59, Norway 28

At Negaunee Saturday, the Miners outscored Norway 50-16 over the final three quarters to claim a 59-28 Senior Day victory in Mid-Peninsula Conference action.

Eric Lori tossed in 14 points to pace Negaunee, which closed out its regular season 19-1 overall and 12-0 for the M-PC crown. Jay Lori added nine points and Zane Radloff hauled in seven rebounds.

“After the first quarter, we locked (the Knights) down defensively,” Miners’ head coach Mike O’Donnell said. “We changed a couple of things at the half (that worked).

“We also shared the ball and got everyone in the scoring column on our roster.

“It was a good way to end the (regular) season.”

Nick Bal scored 11 points to lead the Knights (7-11, 2-9), who trailed just 28-21 at the half.

Negaunee won the jayvee game, 44-42.

Information compiled by Senior Sports Writer Craig Remsburg. He can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251, or via email at cremsburg@miningjournal.net.