Prep boys basketball: Jandron leads Negaunee Miners in four categories in Class C regional win

MARQUETTE – Tyler Jandron is excited about winning in the postseason. He’s even excited about drawing double teams if it means a teammate or two is open.

But he couldn’t stand not playing well in last week’s MHSAA Class C district tournament.

Jandron righted that wrong in a big way Monday night in the regional opener at Marquette Senior High School, scoring 15 points during a second quarter that saw the Miners put their stamp on an 84-61 victory over St. Ignace.

Negaunee (22-1) scored 31 points in the period to turn an 18-13 lead after one quarter into a 49-32 bulge by halftime. The Saints (14-8) never got closer than 14 points in the second half.

NHS advances to the regional championship to be played at 7 p.m. Wednesday back at the MSHS gym. The opponent will be Ironwood (20-3), which dispatched Norway 67-34 in Monday’s other game.

“I’ve been in the gym a lot because I played pretty bad the last two games,” Jandron said after he posted game-highs on Monday of 24 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and six steals.

“I needed to start slowing things down. The game should feel like it’s going in slow motion.”

He talked about looking at film and saw that he was forcing plays, especially when he fouled out against Ishpeming on Friday.

“I would be trying to go up against three guys,” Jandron said. “That just doesn’t work.”

His coach agreed.

“Tyler’s the type of player who works on playing within the game,” Mike O’Donnell said. “A lot of players try to press if things aren’t going well or they’re getting double- and triple-teamed.”

Like Jandron – and fellow senior guard Eric Lori – were by the Saints defense in the early going.

“We tried to spread things out to leave the middle more open,” O’Donnell said. “Tyler did a good job of getting in there, but then sensing where the ‘stop sign’ was and pulling up instead of getting caught in traffic.”

During a long stretch of the regular season, Jandron and Lori constituted much of the Miners’ offense.

But on Monday with Lori scoring 11 points, the rest of the Miners contributed 49. They were led by 6-foot-5 senior forward/center Zane Radloff with 19 points, 15 coming in the crucial first half, and sophomore forward Jay Lori adding 10.

“Zane’s been playing hard and crashing the boards, and the same goes with Jay, too,” Jandron said. “Personally, I don’t care if I only score 10 points. Really, I can score no points, as long as I’m playing well and we’re winning.”

O’Donnell likes the production, which includes players like senior guards Robert Loy and Tyler Windahl.

“Zane and Jay have been working well inside lately, while Robert gives us another good ballhandler and Tyler Windahl has begun to score for us now,” O’Donnell said. “With those guys, teams are not able to hone in on just Jandron and Eric Lori anymore.”

St. Ignace coach Doug Ingalls was pleased to stay close at the game’s start.

“We had to make shots … to keep them from running,” he said. “Things had to go perfect for us just to have a chance, and I thought that’s how we played for most of the first quarter.”

Then he pointed to the beginning of the end, a stretch of less than four minutes spanning the break between quarters when his team went from leading 11-6 to falling behind 21-13.

Sophomore Gage Kreski paced the Saints with 23 points and five rebounds, while senior Tyler Snyder added 11.