Boys’ basketball roundup: Lakes continue hot start, beat Bulldogs

LAKE LINDEN – Lake Linden-Hubbell had more than enough outside game to counteract the inside game of Hancock’s Alex Almquist Monday, as five Lakes made a combined nine three-pointers in a 70-43 non-conference win.

Five of the nine triples came in the first quarter as LL-H jumped out to a 21-14 lead after eight minutes. Tyler Roose had a pair on the way to a team-high 20 points, but Cole Beauchamp, Cody Kunnari and Brett Poissant also connected early.

“They hung tough. It was 70-43, but it was a 10-point ballgame with about four minutes left to go in the game,” LL-H coach Jack Kumpula said.

The Lakes (3-0) finished it off with 23 fourth-quarter points.

“We didn’t force a ton of steals, but we got enough,” Kumpula said.

Almquist finished with 21 points and nine rebounds to lead all players in both categories.

“We draped people all over him and he was still making baskets,” Kumpula said.

Four Lakes finished in double figures, including Roose, Poissant (12 points), Kunnari (10) and Luke Monette (10).

Both teams face rivals Thursday: The Lakes are at Calumet, while Hancock (1-2) hosts Houghton.

Hancock 14 9 10 10 – 43

LL-Hubbell 21 14 12 23 – 70

Hancock – Jared Peryam 5, Matt Yao 3, Riley Engman 5, Spencer Silvola 7, Sean Patchin 2, Alex Almquist 21; FT: 8-15; Fouls: 18; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Peryam 1, Yao 1, Engman 1, Almquist 2.

Lake Linden-Hubbell – Coy Budweg 1, Trevor Ongie 2, Cole Beauchamp 6, Trent Ambuehl 3, Luke Monette 10, Cody Kunnari 10, Brett Poissant 12, Tyler Roose 20, Ryan Knoll 6; FT: 17-22; Fouls: 18; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Beauchamp 2, Monette 2, Kunnari 1, Poissant 1, Roose 3.

Calumet 60, Dollar Bay 23

DOLLAR BAY – On the heels of a personal-best 24 points from Jake Pieti, Calumet rolled to a non-league win on the road.

The sizable senior was not the only frontcourt Copper King to make his presence felt.

“Calumet’s size hurt us tonight. They utilized their size and strength,” Dollar Bay coach Jesse Kentala said.

With the help of a pair of first-quarter treys from Nate Tervo, the Bays (0-2) hung around for a quarter, but Calumet pitching a 17-0 shutout in the second effectively triggered the rout as the hosts scored just 13 points over the final 24 minutes.

“If we want to be competitive, we have to find ways to score,” Kentala said.

Tervo and Cam Ringler led DB with six points apiece. The Bays hit the road for the first time this season Thursday, playing at Ontonagon.

Paul Torola kicked in 14 points for the Copper Kings (3-0), who host Lake Linden-Hubbell Thursday night.

Calumet 17 17 8 18 — 60

Dollar Bay 10 0 5 8 — 23

Calumet — Russ Bjorn 2, Paul Torola 14, Eric Lasanen 3, Jack Hyrkas 6, Kurtis Keranen 4, Nate Pieti 2, Jake Pieti 24, Jordan Johnson 5; FT: 8-17; Fouls: 11; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Torola 1, Lasanen 1, Hyrkas 1.

Dollar Bay — Nate Tervo 6, Carl Kangas 5, Steven Joyal 4, Cam Ringler 6, Tom Autio 2; FT: 4-9; Fouls: 15; Fouled out: Kangas; 3-point field goals: Tervo 2, Joyal 1.

Watersmeet 51,

Baraga 30

BARAGA – Baraga’s offense didn’t get going in time to avert defeat at the hands of Watersmeet in a non-league game Monday night.

The Vikings scored more than half (16) of their 30 points in the third quarter, but that came after a rough offensive first half in which the Nimrods outscored them 24-7.

Watersmeet maintained a much more consistent output, scoring in double digits in all four quarters.

Kevin Stevens led all scorers with 15 points for the visitors.

The 1-2 Vikings got a team-best 13 points from Dillion Huckstaedt and 11 more from Zach Owens.

Baraga hosts rival L’Anse on Thursday night.

Watersmeet14 10 13 14 – 51

Baraga 4 3 16 7 – 30

Watersmeet – Kevin Stevens, 15, Ryan Bain 11, Damon Baldwin 7, Mike McGrath 6, Israel Bolton 5, Kayne Williams 4, Rondale McKinney 3; FT: 14-21; Fouls: 10; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Bain 1, Bolton 1, McKinney 1.

Baraga – Dillion Huckstaedt 13, Zach Owens 11, Zac Darcy 4, Austin Smith 2; FT: 2-6; Fouls: 16; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Owens 2, Huckstaedt 1.

Westwood 64, L’Anse 52

ISHPEMING – Coach Ryan Reichel couldn’t say enough about his Westwood High School boys basketball team’s 64-52 non-conference win over visiting L’Anse Monday night.

“It’s the biggest win we’ve had as a program in my three years here,” he said after the Patriots placed four players in double figures scoring-wise to improve to 1-1 on the season. “L’Anse is a top-five team, in my opinion.”

Luke Woods led the balanced WHS attack with 17 points. Justin Luke tossed in 12, while Patriot teammates Luke Gray and Quinn LeRoy added 11 apiece.

“It’s the first time in my tenure here we’ve had four players in double figures,” Reichel said. “Our rebounding was awesome, and our guards got the ball up and down the floor at a pace we wanted to play.

“It was an overall team effort.”

L’Anse (1-2) got 18 points from Jimmy Veker and 11 from Keith Denomie.

The Purple Hornets led 42-39 heading into the fourth quarter before WHS rallied.

L’Anse 17 18 7 10 – 52

Westwood 14 15 10 25 – 64

L’Anse – Ryan LaBerge 12, Daniel Perrow 3, Jonny Magaraggia 5, Cody Clement 3, Keith Denomie 11, Jimmy Veker 18; FT: 13-20; 3-point field goals: Perrow 1, Clement 1.

Westwood – Woods 17, Luke 12, Gray 11, Duquette 2, Anttila 1, Burke 3, Messing 7, LeRoy 11; FT: 18-31; 3-point field goals: Woods 3, Luke 2, Gray 1.