Big wins for Kings, ‘Dawgs
CALUMET – Featuring their second suffocating defensive effort in a week, the Calumet boys’ basketball team put away Ontonagon 50-36 in non-conference play Monday.
The Copper Kings (5-2) held Ontonagon to just 17 points over the first three quarters, by which point they led by 24.
“Gradually, we’ve been doing a little better job defensively the last few games, and I think we had a pretty good mindset in the first three quarters,” Calumet coach Mike Ojala said.
The Kings got another big night from Paul Torola, who put in 22 points to lead all scorers in his fourth game of 20 or more this season.
“Of his 22, he did a nice job attacking the rim to get them. He wasn’t setting for quick early jump shots and was getting to the basket. That’s always critical for him,” Ojala said.
Aaron Kaikko led the 1-5 Gladiators with 12 points. Kyle Karttunen added 10.
Calumet, which won the JV game, hosts West Iron County Thursday and Ontonagon is at Baraga.
Ontonagon 5 4 8 19 – 36
Calumet 12 10 19 9 – 50
Ontonagon – Tony Roberts 1, Noel Jenny 2, Tony Soumis 4, Kyle Karttunen 10, David Pollard 7, Aaron Kaikko 12; FT: 7-9; Fouls: 11; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Kaikko 2, Pollard 1.
Calumet – Owen Kariniemi 4, Dan Olson 9, Paul Torola 22, Chad Sturos 7, Jake Pieti 4, Seth Pieti 4; FT: 9-13; Fouls: 9; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Olson 1.
Hancock 60, Baraga 30
HANCOCK – Hancock upped its record to 2-5 with by doubling up Baraga Monday night.
The Bulldogs picked up 26 points and nine rebounds from Alex Almquist and 12 points and seven boards from Shane Raasio.
“We got contributions from everyone on the team, it was a really solid team win,” Hancock coach Curtis Wittenberg said.
The Bulldogs will go for three in a row Thursday night against Dollar Bay at home.
Baraga, which won the JV game, falls to 0-5. The Vikings were led offensively by Zach Owens’ 11 points.
Ewen-Trout Creek 60, Hurley 48
HURLEY, Wis. – Ewen-Trout Creek fended off every Hurley surge for a non-league win Monday.
The Midgets kept the tempo, and with it, the game under control, closing to within four points in the third quarter and staying within single digits into the fourth, but weren’t seriously threatened in the closing minutes.
“We want those tough, stingy road wins,” E-TC coach Brad Besonen said to the Daily Globe of Ironwood. “I think they build a lot of character in your team. You don’t get to play at home in the tournament ever.”
The Panthers got their almost-common offensive domination from Dillon Gordon to the tune of 34 points, though the Midgets held the rest of E-TC’s roster to no more than eight from any one other player.
E-TC (5-2) plays at Watersmeet Friday.
Ewen-TC 15 16 13 16 – 60
Hurley 13 14 11 10 – 48
Ewen-Trout Creek – Mike Borseth 8, Cole Besonen 4, Dillon Gordon 34, Keith Kauss 4, Lane Brown 4, Nick Hearns 6. FTs: 5-11. Fouls: 12. Fouled out: None. 3-pointers: Gordon 4, Borseth 1.
Hurley – Brad Vaara 3, James Sukanen 6, Jake Colassaco 14, Jared Wendt 4, Cole Kivisto 8, Mark Saari 10, Grant Innes 3. FTs: 7-12. Fouls: 12. Fouled out: None. 3-pointers: Colassaco 2, Kivisto 2, Vaara 1.