Kings surge past Wykons, Hornets denied in Negaunee

IRON RIVER – West Iron County took a 28-25 lead early in the third quarter before dropping a 61-40 decision to Calumet in West PAC Conference boys basketball Friday night.

“It was a great third quarter for us where we were aggressive against some of the pressure they put on us,” Calumet coach Mike Ojala said.

The Copper Kings outscored their hosts 22-11 in the frame.

“We did an outstanding job on the defensive boards all night,” Ojala said.

Paul Torola poured in 27 for the Copper Kings, now 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the WestPAC.

Calumet hosts Baraga Monday night.

West Iron was led by Adam Newby’s 17 points and Andy Ridolphi contributed 10.

West Iron (1-6, 0-3) will host Houghton on Monday.

Calumet 12 13 22 14 – 61

West Iron 9 12 11 8 – 40

Calumet – Paul Torola 27, Kurt Keranen 9, Jake Pieti 9, Russ Bjorn 4, Jack Hyrkas 7, Jordan Johnson 4, Eric Lasanen 1. FT: 15-25. F: 9; 3-point field goals: Torola 1, Keranen 1, Hyrkas 1, Johnson 1.

West Iron County – Newby 17, Ridolphi 10, Hopkins 6, Rogers 4, Barker 2, Capadagli 1. FT: 4-7. F: 17. Fouled out: Hopkins; 3-point field goals: Newby 2.

Negaunee 64, L’Anse 52

MARQUETTE – Negaunee survived a late second-quarter charge and ran off with a 64-52 victory over L’Anse in high school boys basketball action on Friday night.

The Purple Hornets (5-4) trailed 29-15 midway through the second quarter before reeling off a 13-2 run to end the half and trail just 31-28 at intermission.

“L’Anse is a good team with a lot of balance,” Miners coach Mike O’Donnell said. “They’re difficult to defend.

“When they got back in it against us, their guards were creating problems getting in gaps in our defense.”

But Negaunee (7-1), the No. 2 team this week in the Class A-B-C Upper Peninsula poll, used a 16-10 third quarter to extend its lead again, adding a few more points in the fourth quarter to the final margin.

Miners senior guard Eric Lori led all scorers with 23 points, while his brother, sophomore Jay Lori, added 14. Senior Zane Radloff scored 11 points and pulled down eight rebounds, while senior star guard Tyler Jandron added nine points, five assists and five rebounds.

For L’Anse, James Veker scored 20 points, Ryan LaBerge had 16 and Daniel Perrow 10.

L’Anse is idle until a Jan. 21 trip to Jeffers.

L’Anse 11 17 10 14 – 52

Negaunee17 14 16 17 – 64

L’Anse – Ryan LaBerge 16, Daniel Perrow 10, Jacob Ostermeyer 6, Jimmy Veker 20; FT: 10-13; 3-point field goals: LaBerge 4, Perrow 2.

Negaunee – Radloff 11, E. Lori 23, Jandron 9, Loy 2, J. Lori 14, Windahl 5; FT: 9-12; 3-point field goals: E. Lori 2, Windahl 1.

Lake Linden-Hubbell 83, Chassell 27

CHASSELL – Lake Linden-Hubbell had its way with host Chassell Friday night, scoring enough points to win this one by the end of the first quarter.

Eight Lakes scored during the 30-point first quarter outburst, with Brett Poissant scoring a team-leading seven points in the frame.

Ryan Knoll led all scorers with 16 points off the bench for LL-H, now 7-0 and 4-0 in Copper Country Conference play.

Poissant finished with 13 and Trevor Ongie 11 for the Lakes, who host Ontonagon Monday night.

Chassell (0-7, 0-4 CCC) was led by 10 points from Kyle Stromer. The Panthers are off until Thursday, when they travel to Ewen-Trout Creek.

LL-Hubbell 30 20 15 18 – 83

Chassell 11 7 5 4 – 27

Lake Linden-Hubbell – Cole Beauchamp 3, Luke Monette 5, Brett Poissant 13, Tyler Roose 9, Lucas Klein 8, Coy Budweg 2, Trevor Ongie 11, Trent Ambuehl 5, Cody Kunnari 7, Chuck Heckel 4, Ryan Knoll 16; FT: 6-9; Fouls: 9; Fouled out: Ambuehl; 3-point field goals: Beauchamp 1, Monette 1, Roose 1, Ongie 1, Kunnari 1.

Chassell – Zach Cherubini 8, Kyle Stromer 10, Jordy LaTendresse 6, Jake Tuomi 3, FT: 2-4; Fouls: 14; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Stromer 2.

Watersmeet 59,

Ewen-Trout Creek 49

EWEN – According to Ewen-Trout Creek Brad Besonen, it was effort that doomed the Panthers on Friday night in their 59-49 loss to Watersmeet in Ewen.

“They were way more aggressive,” Besonen said to the Daily Globe of Ironwood. “They did a good job of attacking off of the dribble, getting to the line and getting to the loose balls. Plus they took care of the ball and made good decisions. We aren’t going to win many ball games when that happens.”

The Panthers were able to hang tough most of the night, thanks in part to strong scoring efforts by Lane Brown and Nick Hearns. Brown led Panther scorers with 17 points and Hearns added 12.

But Besonen said that the scoring could have been much better.

“We missed way too many shots from 15 feet,” he said. “We shot 20-for-63 for the game, but the looks were there. We just aren’t a confident offensive shooting team right now. We looked as though we were trying not to miss and so our shooting got even tighter once we did.”

Watersmeet’s Ryan Bain led all scorers with 19 points.

E-TC (0-1, 1-5) will return to action on Mponday night as they play host to Superior Central at 7:30 p.m. EST.

Watersmeet 13 15 15 16 – 59

Ewen-TC 11 13 11 14 – 49

Watersmeet – Kayne Williams 3, Ryan Bain 19, Rondell McKinney 4, Ethan McGeshick, Kevin Stevens 5, Israel Bolton 13, Michael McGrath 5, Damen Baldwin 10. FTs: 11-18. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: None. 3-pointers: Bolton 3, Williams.

Ewen-Trout Creek – Tanner Driesenga 5, Alan Goll 3, Michael Boro 2, Lane Brown 17, Nick Hearns 12, Zack Leskela 2, John Berglund 4, Jacob Moilanen 4. FTs: 5-9 Fouls: 18. Fouled out: None. 3-pointers: Driesenga, Goll.