ISHPEMING - Former professional baseball catcher and manager Yogi Berra once said "it ain't over until it's over."
The Munising High School boys basketball team proved him right Thursday night, rallying for a 53-50 non-conference win in overtime over host Ishpeming.
Coach Dan Waterman's Mustangs trailed the Hematites 46-31 early in the fourth quarter, but behind eight points by Gage Webster, the Mustangs outscored Ishpeming 17-2 the rest of the way to force an extra four minutes of play.
Munising’s Ben Stasewich goes up for a layup as Ishpeming’s Alex Briones tries to block him during the second quarter at Ishpeming High School on Thursday. (Journal photo by Matt Keiser)
After the Hematites opened overtime with a bucket by Alex Briones, the Mustangs' Garrett Blank buried a 3-point shot and Webster sank two free throws with 13.5 seconds left to gain the win.
Webster scored 21 points to lead the Mustangs (14-4). Teammate Ben Stasewich added 11 points.
Joe Lyle led Ishpeming (6-10) - which led 33-18 at the half - with 21 points. Briones chipped in 13.
"We were just 6 of 18 in free throws (overall) and 2 of 8 in the fourth quarter," Ishpeming head coach John Tiziani said. "That's the only aspect of the game where we didn't adequately succeed.
"We completely outplayed them ... our kids played as hard as they can play. I have no complaints."
Ishpeming won the JV contest, 52-44