Jeffers denies Baraga, Lakes roll rivals

PAINESDALE – Jeffers gave up the first seven points Thursday, then locked down Baraga defensively long enough to take control of their Copper Country Conference game, 47-34.

After the visiting Vikings took their 7-0 lead, Jeffers outscored Baraga 21-2 for the rest of the half to take a 12-point lead into intermission.

“We really clamped down defensively,” Jeffers coach Duane Snell said.

“I thought we did a great job of closing out, number one, and we put on a lot of ball pressure and our press gave them difficulty.”

Baraga played Jeffers even throughout the second half, but the Jets repelled each Viking attempt to cut into the lead.

Alex Outinen of Jeffers led all scorers with 18 points. Brant Ryynanen kicked in 16.

Jeffers (3-2, 3-0 CCC) hosts Lake Linden-Hubbell next Thursday.

Baraga (1-4, 1-2 CCC) returns home to face Hancock Monday.

Baraga7 2 12 13 – 34

Jeffers10 11 13 13 – 47

Baraga – Jonah Goodreau 4, Zac Darcy 2, Harley Lindemann 2, Brendan Varline 2, Austin Smith 7, Zach Owens 17; FT: 3-8; Fouls: 15; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Smith 2, Owens 1.

Jeffers – Alex Outinen 18, Zach Nicholas 6, Brant Ryynanen 16, Travis Lompre 5, Christopher Outinen 2; FT: 8-15; Fouls: 13; Fouled out: none; Technical foul: A. Outinen; 3-point field goals: A. Outinen 1, Nicholas 2, Ryynanen 2.

Lake Linden-Hubbell 72, Dollar Bay 28

LAKE LINDEN – The first edition of the Torch Lake rivalry was controlled by Lake Linden-Hubbell’s offense, as the Lakes scored 20 or more points in each of the first three quarters to up their record to 5-0.

Visiting Dollar Bay scored 13 points in the first eight minutes, but that was less than half the Lakes’ total over the same span, and LL-H outscored DB 20-2 in the second frame to put the win away.

Tyler Roose led LL-H (5-0, 2-0 CCC) with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-5 from outside the 3-point arc.

Three others scored in double figures, with Brett Poissant putting up 12 points and 12 boards, and both Luke Monette and Konrad Klein scoring 10.

Steven Joyal paced the Bays with 11 points.

LL-H plays at Chassell Monday night, while DB (0-4, 0-3 CCC) hosts Watersmeet Tuesday.

Dollar Bay 13 2 9 4 – 28

LL-Hubbell 27 20 21 4 – 72

Dollar Bay – Carl Kangas 5, Steven Joyal 11, Alex Provoast 2, Cam Ringler 6, Tom Autio 4; FT: 3-9; Fouls: 9; Fouled out: Joyal; 3-point field goals: Joyal 1.

Lake Linden-Hubbell – Coy Budweg 4, Trevor Ongie 4, Trent Ambuehl 2, Luke Monette 10, Cody Kunnari 5, Brett Poissant 12, Tyler Roose 19, Konrad Klein 10, Chuck Heckel 2, Ryan Knoll 4; FT: 7-12; Fouls: 11; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Roose 3, Monette 1, Kunnari 1.

Hancock 62, Chassell 44

HANCOCK – Hancock got all 12 players into the scorebook and started 2014 with a home win Thursday.

Freshman Chad Raasio got Hancock started, scoring the first seven points of the game, while Riley Engman nabbed five steals at the forefront of Hancock’s pressure defense.

“This is a good win coming off the Christmas break for the Bulldogs and should be a confidence builder as we move towards the remainder of our conference schedule and the postseason,” Hancock coach Curtis Wittenberg said.

Chassell remained in range early thanks to a 15-point first quarter, but a 29-11 Hancock edge over the middle two frames gave Hancock a chance to clear its bench.

Alex Almquist posted 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting and had three steals and three blocks.

Chassell was led offensively by 11 points from Zach Cherubini. Kyle Stromer kicked in 10 for the Panthers (0-5), who host Lake Linden-Hubbell Monday.

Hancock (3-3) has a pair of road games next week, starting with Monday at Baraga.

Chassell 15 7 4 18 – 44

Hancock 22 17 12 11 – 62

Chassell – Zach Cherubini 11, Kyle Stromer 10, Jake Tuomi 8, Brandon Barnes 6, Lars Daavettila 3, Jordy LaTendresse 2, Patrik Santala 2, Oliver Huhta 2; 3-point field goals: Daavettila 1, Cherubini 1, Tuomi 1.

Hancock – Kyle Hill 4, Brandon Zamora 2, Jared Peryam 6, Matt Yao 5, Pete Srisiri 1, Riley Engman 7, Chad Raasio 9, Cole Kemppainen 2, Adrian Saterstad 1, Spencer Silvola 4, Sean Patchin 1, Alex Almquist 20; FT: 10-19; Fouls: 11; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Peryam 1, Yao 1, Engman 1, Raasio 1.