E-TC hits 10 threes to win Panther battle

EWEN – Ewen-Trout Creek built up a big lead early and used the insurance when Chassell shot its way into it late, holding off the visitors 74-63 Friday.

E-TC (14-2) knocked down 10 three-pointers, including five from Mike Borseth, to nine Chassell triples, including seven from Josh Pietila.

E-TC led 42-24 at the half and 66-41 after three quarters before Chassell cut into the lead late.

“We played very good defense for the first three quarters and got some transition buckets off of that and took care of the ball and got good shots,” E-TC coach Brad Besonen said.

Dillon Gordon notched four treys and 30 points for his ninth game of 30 or more this season. Borseth pitched in 19.

Pietila led all scorers with a career-high 33, scoring 27 in the second half.

Chassell, which also 13 points from Carson Ryynanen, falls to 7-8 ahead of a trip to Baraga Tuesday.

E-TC, which won the JV game, hosts Bessemer in Porcupine Mountain Conference play Monday night.

Chassell 8 16 17 22 – 63

Ewen-TC 17 25 24 8 – 74

Chassell – Brant Ryynanen 2, Steve Tuominen 3, Josh Pietila 33, Carson Ryynanen 13, Zach Cherubini 2, Jordy LaTendresse 2, Jake Tuomi 4, Evan Huhta 4; FT: 12-20; Fouls: 14; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Pietila 7, Tuominen 1, C. Ryynanen 1.

Ewen-Trout Creek – Logan Maki 2, Tanner Driesenga 2, Mike Borseth 19, Cole Besonen 5, Nick Hearns 6, Dillon Gordon 30, Keith Kauss 6, Lane Brown 4; FT: 16-19; Fouls: 15; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Borseth 5, Besonen 1, Gordon 4.

West Iron County 50, L’Anse 48

IRON RIVER – Austin Waara converted two free throws with 21 seconds remaining and West Iron County rallied past L’Anse 50-48 in WestPAC boys basketball Friday at Charles Greenlund Gymnasium.

The Wykons, who trailed by double digits in a January victory over the Hornets, battled back from a 36-18 hole in the second quarter.

“They shot really well in the first half,” said WIC coach Dan Schive, his Wykons down 36-22 at halftime. “We sometimes don’t come out with enough energy. If they want to play ‘D,” they can play ‘D.'”

West Iron held L’Anse to 12 second-half points. The Wykons rolled 17-0 through one stretch of the second half.

After West Iron pulled ahead by five in the fourth quarter, L’Anse recovered to lead 48-47 on a Joey Hansen basket.

With 1:46 remaining, Brock Hopkins hit a free throw to tie the game.

After Waara put the Wykons ahead 50-48, L’Anse had opportunities in the final seconds. The Hornets missed the front end of a bonus free throw, snared the rebound and misfired on the game’s last shot.

Andy Ridolphi led the Wykons with 12 points. Tyler Stafford grabbed 10 rebounds before going down with a knee injury in the fourth quarter.

“We fought back hard,” said Schive, impressed with his team’s character. “We still have a shot to win the WestPAC.”

Keith Denomie’s 19 points paced the Hornets (8-8, 2-5 WestPAC), who had four players with four fouls in the fourth quarter.

The Wykons (12-5 overall, 5-2 WestPAC) play a make-up game Tuesday at Iron Mountain.

West Iron must win at Hancock next Friday and Houghton must lose at Calumet Feb. 26 for the teams to share the league crown.

L’Anse clinched a share of the WestPAC junior varsity title by downing West Iron 54-31.

L’Anse hosts Ontonagon Tuesday night.

L’Anse 23 13 5 7 – 48

West Iron 9 13 10 18 – 50

L’Anse – Denomie 19, Perrow 14, Ostermeyer 6, Hansen 5, Magaraggia 2, Johnson 2. FT: 8-14. F: 22. Fouled out: Perrow; 3-point field goals: Perrow 2, Hansen 1, Ostermeyer 1, Denomie 4.

West Iron County – Ridolphi 12, Stafford 9, Ralston 8, Adam Newby 7, Waara 6, Rogers 4, Pisoni 3, Hopkins 1. FT: 15-24. F: 17; 3-point field goals: Ralston 1, Pisoni 1, Newby 1.

Hancock 56,

Ontonagon 40

HANCOCK – An efficient and effective night from center Alex Almquist helped get Hancock past Ontonagon in non-league play Friday.

The junior posted a game-high 27 points and 18 rebounds.

Hancock took a 26-17 lead at the half, but the Bulldogs couldn’t fully shake the Gladiators until the fourth quarter, in which they outscored the visitors 14-8.

“I thought Ontonagon played pretty well tonight, so we had to battle through a few things throughout the night, but the guys worked hard and got the win,” Hancock coach Curtis Wittenberg said.

The Bulldogs (10-7) also got a good all-around game from Shane Raasio, who contributed 12 points, five assists and five boards.

Ontonagon was co-led by 13 points apiece from Tony Soumis and Aaron Kaikko.

Hancock hosts West Iron County in WestPAC play next Friday. Ontonagon (3-12) plays L’Anse at home Tuesday night.

Ontonagon 8 9 15 8 – 40

Hancock 10 16 16 14 – 56

Ontonagon – Tony Soumis 13, Kyle Karttunen 8, Eric Majurin 2, David Pollard 4, Aaron Kaikko 13; FT: 7-12; Fouls: 17; Fouled out: Kaikko; 3-point field goals: Kaikko 1.

Hancock – Matt Yao 6, Riley Engman 6, Shane Raasio 12, Brian Kass 1, Adrian Saterstad 4, Alex Almquist 27; FT: 11-20; Fouls: 11; Fouled out: Engman; 3-point field goals: Yao 2, Almquist 1.