Kings fall; Panthers surrender PMC title

CALUMET – Calumet couldn’t capitalize on its big win Tuesday in Thursday’s game against Escanaba.

The Eskymos built a lead as large as 22 points and came away with the 63-48 win.

“As much as we wanted to guard against it and continue our positive momentum after the emotional win, I just thought we were soft,” Calumet coach Mike Ojala said.

The Copper Kings scored 16 points in the first half and went to the break down 13. It got worse before it got better, though Calumet did cut the gap to six in the fourth quarter.

“They were very good offensively tonight. They put on a clinic with their inbounds plays,” Ojala said of the Eskymos.

The Eskymos got 17 points apiece from Ben Kleiman and Sam Molnar.

Calumet’s offense was paced by 14 points from Chad Sturos and 12 from Jake Pieti.

Calumet concludes the regular season 10-9 and plays at L’Anse against the host Hornets in the first round of the Class C district tournament Monday night.

Escanaba 12 17 19 15 – 63

Calumet 9 7 15 17 – 48

Escanaba – Jamie Hiltunen 4, Ben Kleiman 17, Sam Molnar 17, Brandon Robinette 8, Dan LaPalm 13, David Falish 2, Bailey Lamb 2; FT: 4-10; Fouls: 13; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Molnar 3, Kleiman 2.

Calumet – Owen Kariniemi 9, Dan Olson 2, Paul Torola 9, Chad Sturos 14, Jake Pieti 12, Seth Pieti 2; FT: 9-15; Fouls: 17; Fouled out: Dan Olson; 3-point field goals: Sturos 2, Kariniemi 1.

Bessemer 54,

Ewen-Trout Creek 53

BESSEMER – Ewen-Trout Creek relinquished the lead and with it the Porcupine Mountain Conference title for the first time in years in a narrow road loss Thursday.

E-TC was ahead by nine midway through the third quarter when star guard Dillon Gordon suffered what appeared to be an ankle injury and had to be helped off the court. He did not return.

The Speedboys took the lead on a pair of Ben Zielinski free throws with less than four minutes to play. After E-TC fought back to tie, Bessemer got ahead for good after Taylor Smith drove for two with 1:11 to go.

E-TC fouled unsuccessfully down the stretch.

Zielinski led the 15-3 (6-0 PMC) Speedboys with 18 points. Smith added 16.

Despite his injury, Gordon still led E-TC in scoring with 18. Mike Borseth put in 12.

Bessemer will host the west-end Class D district tournament and play Republic-Michigamme Monday. The winner of that game will play E-TC (16-4, 4-2) Wednesday.

Ewen-TC 13 18 12 10 – 53

Bessemer 10 13 16 15 – 54

Ewen-Trout Creek – Logan Maki 3, Mike Borseth 12, Cole Besonen 2, Nick Hearns 4, Dillon Gordon 18, Keith Kauss 8, Lane Brown 6. FTs:7-11, Fouls: 20, Fouled out: Brown, 3-pointers: Borseth 2, Gordon 2.

Bessemer – Drew Bennetts 3, Jess Mazzon 7, Ben Zielinski 18, Taylor Smith 16, Lance Berwald 5, Zach Mazurek 5. FTs:13-20, Fouls: 13, Fouled out: none, 3-pointers: Mazzon, Berwald, Zielinski.

Chassell 59,

Dollar Bay 37

CHASSELL – The Panthers turned a nightmare start into a dream finish to Copper Country Conference play Thursday.

Dollar Bay led Chassell 21-7 after a quarter, but Chassell flipped the script, taking the lead by early in the second half and pulling away.

“Dollar Bay played fantastic in the first quarter. They hit a very high percentage of their shots and moved the ball nicely,” Chassell coach Steve Spahn said.

The Panthers outscored the Bays 15-3 in the second quarter and 23-5 in the third to go ahead 45-29.

Josh Pietila led all scorers with 22 points, including five triples. Carson Ryynanen pitched in 14 and completed the double-double with 10 boards. The Panthers (9-10, 6-4 CCC) have a first-round bye in the Class D district they’re hosting and will await Monday’s Dollar Bay-Baraga winner Wednesday.

The Bays (1-16) were led by 15 from Carl Kangas.

Dollar Bay 21 3 5 8 – 37

Chassell 7 15 23 14 – 59

Dollar Bay – Brett Houle 6, Carl Kangas 15, Tom Dunstan 8, Mike Marcol 6, Tyler Jarvi 2; FT: 4-9; Fouls: 9; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Houle 2, Dunstan 1.

Chassell – Steve Tuominen 2, Josh Pietila 22, Carson Ryynanen 14, Zach Cherubini 4, Evan Huhta 6, Brant Ryynanen 5, Jordy LaTendresse 4, Jake Tuomi 2; FT: 4-6; Fouls: 13; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Pietila 5, C. Ryynanen 1, B. Ryynanen 1.

Ontonagon 54, Baraga 42

ONTONAGON – Ontonagon got some key momentum for the postseason with a 12-point home win.

“It was a nice way to end the season, especially with having the two losses prior this week,” coach Tim Nelson said.

The Glads led by just two at the break, but built a little onto their lead in the third, then pulled away with a 13-7 margin in the last quarter.

Nelson pointed to full-court pressure as the key.

“It really gave them some problems. We were able to get some steals. They turned it over more than they wanted to, I’m sure. I think that was the difference.”

Ontonagon got a game-high 18 points from both Tony Soumis and Aaron Kaikko. The Glads (4-15, 4-6 CCC) face Jeffers in a Class D district first-round game at Chassell Monday night.

Baraga’s top scorers were Zach Owens and Brandon Nieskes, both with nine. The Vikings (2-18, 2-8) play Monday at Chassell against Dollar Bay.

Baraga 6 14 15 7 – 42

Ontonagon 8 14 19 13 – 54

Baraga – Jonah Goodreau 2, Chris Goodreau 5, Harley Lindemann 3, Austin Smith 3, Dillion Huckstaedt 5, Zach Owens 9, Gary Loonsfoot 2, Taylor Lindemann 2, Brandon Nieskes 9, Bill Mayo 2; FT: 14-28; Fouls: 25; Fouled out: J. Goodreau, T. Lindemann; 3-point field goals: C. Goodeau 1, Owens 1.

Ontonagon – Tony Roberts 2, Seth Rowles 3, Tony Soumis 18, Kyle Karttunen 9, David Pollard 4, Aaron Kaikko 18; FT: 23-36; Fouls: 23; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Soumis 2, Rowles 1.

Westwood 48, L’Anse 43

ISHPEMING – Westwood overcame a two-point second quarter to record a 48-43 victory over L’Anse in a high school boys basketball game played Thursday.

The Patriots trailed 16-14 at halftime after their offense dried up in the period No. 2, but Westwood (5-14) turned it around with 17 points in both the third and fourth quarters.

Westwood, 5-3 in its last eight games after a winless start, got 12 points from senior sharpshooter Josh Richards, all on 3-pointers.

For L’Anse (9-10), Jacob Ostermeyer scored 16 points and Keith Denomie added 13.

The Patriots also won the JV game, 57-46.

L’Anse 9 7 12 15 – 43

Westwood 12 2 17 17 – 48

L’Anse – Magaraggia 4, Ostermeyer 16, Denomie 13, Roe 4, Martinez 2, Mattson 4; FT:?9-12; 3-point field goals:?Ostermeyer 3, Denomie 2, Roe 1.

Westwood – Gray 7, Richards 12, Luke 10, Woods 4, Swanson 7, LeRoy 6, Duquette 2; FT:?8-17; 3-point field goals:?Richards 4.