Panthers top Lakes again

EWEN – The Ewen-Trout Creek Panthers proved too strong for Lake Linden-Hubbell again, but this time it was the Panthers’ interior game that made a difference in a 68-56 non-league win Tuesday.

E-TC (11-2) drew 20 fouls and 33 free-throw attempts.

“We attacked the paint really well. Thus the fouls and the free throw attempts. We really did a good job of getting the ball inside on dribble drives and dumps and just entering it,” E-TC coach Brad Besonen said.

The Panthers got 18 big points from Lane Brown, many of them inside.

Dillon Gordon still bagged a game-high 25, but did a lot of distributing, with six assists. Despite the reduced volume, the accuracy was still there, as he shot above 50 percent.

LL-H (10-2) had a huge night on the glass with 23 offensive rebounds, but trailed 32-29 at half and slipped further behind when E-TC made a late third-quarter run with Logan Maki’s three capping the charge.

Tyler Roose led the Lakes with a tough 15 points on 6-of-22 shooting. Alex Knight added 12.

LL-H is at L’Anse Friday night.

E-TC, which won the JV game, hosts Baraga Friday.

LL-Hubbell 13 16 12 15 – 56

Ewen-TC 14 18 16 20 – 68

Lake Linden-Hubbell – Cody Kumpula 4, Trevor Ongie 2, Trent Ambuehl 6, Luke Monette 8, Brett Poissant 6, Tyler Roose 15, Alex Knight 12, Konrad Klein 2, Ryan Knoll 1; FT: 8-14; Fouls: 20; Fouled out: Knight, Monette, Ambuehl; 3-point field goals: Roose 1.

Ewen-Trout Creek – Logan Maki 5, Mike Borseth 7, Cole Besonen 2, Nick Hearns 2, Dillon Gordon 25, Keith Kauss 9, Lane Brown 18; FT: 18-33; Fouls: 16; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Maki 1, Borseth 1, Gordon 2.

Hancock 54, Baraga 31

BARAGA – Hancock outscored Baraga in all four quarters to steadily pull away for a non-league victory Tuesday.

The Bulldogs (8-6) got 22 points from Alex Almquist and 18 from Shane Raasio.

Hancock started out up 16-7 after a quarter, but needed a little extra to put the 1-12 Vikings away. Almquist provided it, scoring 12 of Hancock’s 15 points in the third quarter. to create a 38-21 edge.

Baraga’s Zach Owens followed up a buzzerbeater for the win last Friday in Dollar Bay with a career game, scoring 16 points to lead Baraga in defeat.

Both teams are playing Friday, Hancock at home in the Wing Ding game against Houghton, and Baraga at Ewen-Trout Creek.

Hancock 16 7 15 16 – 54

Baraga7 6 8 10 – 31

Hancock – Alex Almquist 22, Shane Raasio 18, Riley Engman 8, Matt Yao 3, Sean Patchin 2, Brian Kass 1; FT: 13-20; Fouls: 11; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Yao 1, Raasio 1, Almquist 1.

Baraga – Zach Owens 16, Brandon Nieskes 5, Austin Smith 3, Dillion Huckstaedt 3, Harley Lindemann 2, Taylor Lindemann 2; FT: 0-3; Fouls: 18; Fouled out: T. Lindemann; 3-point field goals: Owens 2, Smith 1, Huckstaedt 1, T. Lindemann 1.