GWINN - The Gwinn boys basketball team found the key to pressuring Ishpeming just in time to pull out a 66-61 Mid-Peninsula Conference victory on Thursday night.
Both coaches agreed the Hematites had little trouble with the Modeltowners' press for 3 1/2 quarters. But a little adjustment allowed Gwinn (7-3 overall, 5-2 M-PC) to go on a 13-3 run to end the game and get the victory.
"It was very, very strange how we handled the pressure and handled the pressure," Ishpeming coach John Tiziani said. "Then we threw it away at halfcourt once, and everything got very tense."
Modeltowners coach Darren Sinnaeve said the key was denying the ball to Ishpeming's speedy junior guard Tyrus Millimaki.
"That made all the difference, keeping the ball out of his hands," Sinnaeve said.
It turned a 58-53 deficit with 1:45 to go into a victory.
"We made a couple layups, and (senior) Derek Reetz got to the foul line and made all six of his free throws in the fourth quarter," Sinnaeve said.
Reetz paced Gwinn with 18 points and six rebounds, while sophomore Justin Beauchamp and junior Owen DeVooght added 10 points each.
For Ishpeming (3-4, 2-3), senior Joe Lyle led all players with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while junior Bobby Zhulkie added 16 points and junior Derek DeCaire 10.
The Hematites won the JV game, 56-38.
Negaunee 68, Norway 41
At Negaunee, the host Miners (9-1, 4-0) used a balanced offense in this M-PC game as Tyler Jandron led the way with 19 points. Brock Weaver added 14, Eric Lori 12 and Tanner Uren 11.
"We took a lot of high-percentage shots," Negaunee coach Mike O'Donnell said, noting his team canned 30 of 51 attempts for 58.8 percent.
"We were 3 of 9 from 3-point range, so most of our shots were around the paint. We worked our offense well and had 19 assists (Uren with five)."
Norway (4-5, 2-4) got 13 points from Isaac Bray.
Negaunee won the JV game, 68-40.
Superior Central 68,
Mid Pen 60
At Eben, Trevor Maki led three players in double figures scoring-wise as the Cougars prevailed in a Central U.P. League contest.
Maki poured in 26 points for SC (7-4, 3-1) as teammate Matt Verbrigghe added 18 and Bryce Richard 10.
"We had a good one tonight," Cougars coach Herb Jenkins said. "We held Brett (Branstrom) to 20 points through the first three quarters, then he got it going down the stretch (to finish with 35 points).
"This was a game that was characterized by just doing what it took to win."
Chad Branstrom complemented Brett Branstrom with 17 points for the Wolverines (6-3, 3-2).
Munising 71, Engadine 35
At Munising, the Mustangs raced out to a 37-17 halftime lead as senior guard Gage Webster scored a game-high 18 points.
"We knocked them in, so that got us off to a good start," MHS coach Dan Waterman said.
Sophomore guard Colin Immel added 12 points for Munising (6-1), while two more sophomores, Alex Hill and Ben Stasewich, shared rebounding honors with eight. Hill scored nine points and Stasewich six.
For Engadine (1-6), Kyle Spencer scored 10 points and Robert Miller had eight points and seven rebounds.
The Mustangs also won the JV game, 55-20.
At Carney, the No. 1-ranked Wolves bounced back after a loss to Munising Monday, grabbing a 37-9 lead after the first quarter.
David Simula scored nine points for R-M (2-6, 0-5 Skyline Conference) as teammate Jonatan Lygdman is out with a knee injury.
Wade Schetter paced the Wolves (8-1, 6-0) with 20 points, seven assists and six steals. Keenan Lampinen and Dionte Blahnik scored 18 points each and Jason DuPont had 14.