L'ANSE - With only three players scoring against L'Anse on Monday night, the Westwood boys basketball team faced problems not only with depth, but also with familiarity.
Having not met L'Anse in nearly 10 years prior to Monday night's 52-28 loss, Westwood was faced with a team they knew little about, but according to Patriots' coach Ryan Reichel, came out stronger because of it.
"I knew it would be a dog fight from the start," he said. "But the guys learned a lot just trying to match L'Anse's momentum. It was a growing game for us."
The three Patriots (1-2 overall) who found the scoresheet Monday were Justin Luke with seven points, Luke Woods with 10 and Travis Swanson with a team-high double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds against L'Anse (2-1).
For L'Anse, which lost 71-50 last week, Jimmy Veker led all scorers with 22 points. Daniel Perrow and Keith Denomie each chipped in nine points.
"We played good defense and rebounded very well," L'Anse coach Mike Ostermeyer said. "Our intensity level was where it needed to be.
Houghton 64, Escanaba 44
L'Anse 52, Westwood 28
Iron Mtn. 47, N. Dickinson 37
Calumet 55, Dollar Bay 22
Watersmeet 59, Baraga 36
Bessemer 50, Hurley 48
North Central 60, Rep.-Mich. 43
Carney-Nadeau 59, Steph. 54
BR-Harris 43, Rapid River 27
St. Ignace 67, Pickford 40
LL-Hubbell 58, Hancock 55 OT
Ewen-TC 44, Wake.-Marrin. 18
Brimley 51, Newberry 37
Sault Ste. Marie 58, Gaylord, 34
Rudyard 53, Manistique 43
Norway 57, W. Iron County 50
"After the game in Houghton last week left a sour taste in our mouth, we wanted to play our game and we did."
North Central 60,
REPUBLIC - A tough first quarter cost the Republic-Michigamme boys basketball team a chance for recovery, as the Hawks dropped their season opener to North Central on Monday night.
Despite trailing North Central 25-7 after the first quarter, R-M did manage to claw its way back somewhat, but still trailed 33-15 at the half.
"It was our first game so it was kind of rough," Republic-Michigamme head coach Bill Radcliffe said. "Simple mistakes in the first half really hurt us. If we could have taken back that first quarter, we might have been right back in the game."
Radcliffe said that turnovers were the real catalyst in the first quarter, as North Central capitalized on the small mistakes that were made.
Leading the way offensively for the Hawks was Jonathan Lygdman, who led the team with 21 points, as well as Marcus Antilla, who added 10.
North Central got most of its momentum from Rob and Josh Granquist, who combined for over half of the Jets' points, with Rob contributing 20 and Josh 11. The win bumped North Central to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the Skyline Conference, while Republic-Michigamme starts the season out at 0-1 in both the conference and overall.
The Hawks season was delayed this year, because some members were a part of the Ishpeming state championship football team this season.