Bulldogs back at full strength

L’ANSE – Hancock got junior center Alex Almquist back, then got back at L’Anse in the second half, defeating the Purple Hornets 45-39 in WestPAC play.

The Purple Hornets led 25-20 at the half, but Hancock erased it with a 15-7 third-quarter advantage, then pulled away in the fourth.

“They just seemed a step quicker than us in the second half. We were a step slow defensively, gave up too many second shots and Almquist, when he wasn’t scoring, was passing and they knocked down threes,” L’Anse coach Mike Ostermeyer said.

Almquist, who exited in the first half of Friday’s WestPAC game vs. West Iron County with a hand injury, posted 19 points. Shane Raasio added 13, including a pair of threes.

The Purple Hornets got their most points from an unlikely source: Logan Roe had 16 to lead L’Anse. He’d scored 20 points total in L’Anse’s 17 previous games.

“Senior night, he was by far our best player. He was very active, he knocked down shots and played with passion,” Ostermeyer said.

Jacob Ostermeyer added 10 for L’Anse (9-9, 2-6 WestPAC). The Hornets, who won the JV game for the WestPAC title at 7-1, host Westwood Thursday to end the regular season.

Hancock (11-8, 3-5 WestPAC) plays Thursday at Lake Linden-Hubbell.

Hancock 6 14 15 10 – 45

L’Anse 12 13 7 7 – 39

Hancock – Alex Almquist 19, Shane Raasio 13, Matt Yao 8, Adrian Saterstad 2, Brian Kass 2, Riley Engman 1; FT: 9-14; Fouls: 11; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Raasio 2, Yao 2.

L’Anse – Logan Roe 16, Jacob Ostermeyer 10, Keith Denomie 6, Daniel Perrow 4, Brett Mattson 2, Joey Hansen 1; FT: 9-14; Fouls: 17; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Roe 4, Ostermeyer 2.

Watersmeet 72, Ontonagon 62

WATERSMEET – Watersmeet presented too many problems for Ontonagon’s defense Tuesday and earned a 10-point win.

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triggered the problem with dribble penetration, prompting a switch to a zone.

“We were forced to help and he did a great job finding the open man. He singlehandedly changed our defense,” Nelson said. “It slowed down the penetration but they still shot the ball well enough to maintain the lead down the stretch.”

Five Watersmeet players scored in double figures, led by Bain’s 15 points.

Ontonagon had a solid offensive night, too, with three players in double figures led by Tony Soumis’ 18.

“We had a nice first half. We had some fairly well balanced scoring tonight, which was good to see so we don’t have to rely so much on (Aaron) Kaikko,” he said.

Kaikko pitched in 16 points and Kyle Karttunen 10 for Ontonagon (3-15), which wraps up the regular season vs. Baraga Thursday.

Ontonagon 20 10 15 17 – 62

Watersmeet 17 17 15 23 – 72

Ontonagon – Seth Rowles 5, Tony Soumis 18, Kyle Karttunen 10, Eric Majurin 2, Taylor Beaudry 5, David Pollard 6, Aaron Kaikko 16; FT: 9-13; Fouls: 18; Fouled out: Kaikko; 3-point field goals: Rowles 1, Soumis 2, Beaudry 1, Pollard 1.

Watersmeet – Mike McGrath 11, Israel Bolton 6, Ryan Bain 12, Marcus Bain 15, Kevin Ivey 10, D. Baldwin 3, Kevin Stevens 12, Sam Lillie 3; FT: 14-21; Fouls: 14; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: R. Bain 3, M. Bain 1, Baldwin 1.

Jeffers 50, Baraga 21

PAINESDALE – Jeffers had its best night of the season on the defensive end, as it breezed past Baraga in its finale.

The Jets kept the Vikings from scoring more than eight points in any quarter and no individual Baraga player had more than five. Alex Outinen had six steals and Troy Kinnunen four for Jeffers.

On the offensive end, the Jets got 15 points from Outinen and 12 from Kinnunen as they finished the regular season 11-8, 8-2 in CCC play.

The Jets face Ontonagon Monday in Chassell for a Class D district opener.

Baraga has one more game to go, at Ontonagon Thursday. The Vikings fall to 2-17, 2-7 in CCC play.

Baraga4 4 8 5 – 21

Jeffers14 16 10 10 – 50

Baraga – Dillion Huckstaedt 2, Harley Lindemann 2, Zach Owens 4, Chris Goodreau 5, Taylor Lindemann 2, Gary Loonsfoot 2, Bill Mayo 2, Brandon Nieskes 2; FT: 1-2; Fouls: 21; Fouled out: T. Lindemann; 3-point field goals: none.

Jeffers – Alex Outinen 15, Zachary Nicholas 8, Troy Kinnunen 12, Myles Rajala 7, Christopher Outinen 5, Daniel Salo 3; FT: 18-28; Fouls: 12; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: A. Outinen 1, Nicholas 1, Kinnunen 2, C. Outinen 1, Salo 1.

Ewen-Trout Creek 79, Wakefield-Marenisco 69

WAKEFIELD – Ewen-Trout Creek outlasted a Wakefield-Marenisco squad with just six available players Tuesday for a chance at the Porcupine Mountain Conference title.

The Panthers trailed 39-37 at the half, but edged ahead after three quarters and sealed it with 29 points in the fourth quarter alone.

E-TC’s Dillon Gordon led all scorers with 29 points and Mike Borseth added 23.

E-TC (16-3, 4-1 PMC) can share the PMC crown with Bessemer by winning at Bessemer Thursday night.

Ewen-TC 21 16 13 29 – 79

Wake-Mar 19 20 10 20 – 69

Ewen-Trout Creek – Logan Maki 2, Mike Borseth 23, Cole Besonen 4, Nick Hearns 2, Dillon Gordon 29, Keith Kauss 3, Lane Brown 16. FTs: 15-21. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: Hearns. 3-pointers: Borseth 4, Gordon 2.

Wakefield-Marenisco – Jake Ringsmuth 7, Kevin Lane 26, Aaron Cook 4, Caleb Winkler 9, Collin Gagnon 18, Aaron Fetters 5. FTs: 11-16. Fouls: 17. Fouled out: None. 3-pointers: Gagnon 3, Fetters 1, K. Lane, 1, Ringsmuth 1.