Big wins for Kings, Gremlins, Lakes

CALUMET – The Calumet Copper Kings dominated defensively Monday, allowing just five first-half points to Baraga and defeating the Vikings 49-21 in a non-league home game.

By the time the teams went back to the locker room, it was 26-5 Copper Kings and they were able to cruise to the finish line for their fifth win of the year.

Offensively, Paul Torola led the way with 14 points, while Jack Hyrkas kicked in 11, including three three-pointers.

Baraga, which fell to 2-5 overall, got seven points apiece from Brendan Varline and Zac Owens. The Vikings host Hancock tonight in a make-up game.

Calumet, now 5-2 overall, also plays the Bulldogs next, in Hancock on Thursday.

Baraga 3 2 8 8 – 21

Calumet 12 14 14 9 – 49

Baraga – Jonah Goodreau 3, Brendan Varline 7, Austin Smith 4, Zac Owens 7; FT: 6-10; Fouls: 19; Fouled out: Harley Lindemann; 3-point field goals: Varline 1.

Calumet – Russ Bjorn 8, Chad Helppi 1, Paul Torola 14, Eric Lasanen 3, Jack Hyrkas 11, Kurt Keranen 1, Nathan Pieti 4, Nathan Perrault 1, Jake Pieti 6; FT: 10-19; Fouls: 10; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Hyrkas 3.

Houghton 50,

West Iron County 35

IRON RIVER -Houghton survived its long layoff and, in returning to the court, defeated the last team it matched up against, West Iron.

“We struggled to find our outside shot as a team, but our defense played well and earned us a win,” Houghton coach Jared Lawson said.

The Gremlins beat the Wykons by 30 in Houghton when the teams met Dec. 23, though the offense wasn’t clicking well enough Monday to repeat the feat.

The Gremlins led 31-20 at the half and maintained a modest advantage through the second half, holding West Iron to five and 10 points in the last two frames despite scoring only eight and 11 themselves.

Despite the off shooting, Nate Gockenbach made a big impact, leading all scorers with a career-high 22 points, including a pair of threes.

“Gockenbach provided good production from the inside on our offense and had a good offensive game to which helped with our cold outside shooting,” Lawson said.

Trent Keteri added 12 points and Eero Niemela 10 for Houghton, now 5-1, 4-0 in the WestPAC.

West Iron got a team-best 12 points from Ryan Rogers.

Houghton 14 17 8 11 – 50

West Iron 11 9 5 10 – 35

Houghton – Trent Keteri 12, Ben Collaer 2, Eero Niemela 10, Sam Bethancourt 2, Nate Gockenbach 22, Anthony Godby 2; FT: 4-8; Fouls: 12; Fouled out: Collaer; 3-point field goals: Keteri 2, Gockenbach 2.

West Iron – Adam Newby 4, Ryan Rogers 12, Brock Hopkins 8, Andy Ridolphi 7, Olson 2, Barker 2; FT: 6-16; Fouls: 14; 3-point field goals: Newby 1, Rogers 2, Hopkins 2.

Lake Linden-Hubbell 80, Ontonagon 33

LAKE LINDEN – This time the explosive quarter for the Lakes was the second, in which they scored 30 points to turn their Copper Country Conference game with the visiting Gladiators into a rout.

LL-H took a 49-22 lead into the half and rolled to its eighth straight win.

Brett Poissant led the winners with 17 points, while Tyler Roose had 16.

Kyle Karttunen of Ontonagon led all scorers with 18 in a losing effort as the Glads fell to 2-5.

Both teams return to action Thursday: Ontonagon hosts Jeffers, while LL-H is at home to Baraga.

Ontonagon 10 12 6 5 – 33

LL-Hubbell 19 30 16 15 – 80

Ontonagon – Tony Roberts 2, Kyle Karttunen 18, Mitch Borseth 8, Taylor Beaudry 2, Alex Ashley 3; FT: 5-14; Fouls: 11; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: none.

Lake Linden-Hubbell – Coy Budweg 3, Trevor Ongie 4, Trent Ambuehl 9, Luke Monette 9, Cody Kunnari 2, Brett Poissant 17, Tyler Roose 16, Lucas Klein 8, Chuck Heckel 2, Ryan Knoll 10; FT: 9-10; Fouls: 18; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Budweg 1, Monette 1, Poissant 1, Roose 2.

Republic-Mich. 72,

Dollar Bay 30

REPUBLIC – The Hawks were in control the whole way for their second win of the season against a team from the Copper Country Conference, a league they will join next season.

“The entire game we had just three turnovers,” R-M coach Bill Radcliffe said. “We were executing everything and kept at Dollar Bay with our defense.”

The Hawks (2-5) raced to a 20-4 lead after one quarter. Though comfortably ahead 28-13 at halftime, R-M effectively ended the game with a 25-4 run in the third to take a 53-17 advantage.

Ten Hawks scored, led by junior Marcus Antilla with 21 points as he also contributed five assists and five rebounds. Fellow juniors Philip Koski added 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds, while Cody Carlson scored 10 points. Senior David Simula had six points, five assists and five rebounds.

For Dollar Bay (0-6), Cameron Ringler scored 11 points.

Dollar Bay hosts Jeffers tonight.

Dollar Bay 4 9 4 13 – 30

Republic 20 8 25 19 – 72

Dollar Bay – Nate Tervo 5, Carl Kangas 6, Damon Boyd 3, Cameron Ringler 11, Steven Joyal 5; FT: 9-13; 3-point field goals: Tervo 1, Boyd 1, Ringler 1.

Republic-Michigamme – Hilliger 2, Simula 6, Kangas 4, Nault 2, Schultz 5, Carlson 10, Antilla 21, Tapio 4, Schoning 6, Koski 12; FT: 16-21; 3-point field goals: Simula 2.

Superior Central 57,

Ewen-Trout Creek 52

EWEN – Ewen-Trout Creek committed 34 turnovers and put Superior Central on the free throw line 45 times in a 57-52 non-conference loss Monday.

“Between the 34 turnovers and the 45 free throws for them, it was pretty tough to overcome them,” E-TC coach Brad Besonen said to the Daily Globe of Ironwood. “But we were still in it at the end and that’s a credit to the kids for what we overcame.”

Superior Central made just 28 of those free throws as three Panthers fouled out.

“We were really late with help all night,” Besonen said. “We got beat with dribble penetration. That’s two games in a row we really got beat off the dribble drive. We’re going to have to do something different defensively to not give up dribble drives. I don’t think we’re as quick to get up and press like we usually do.”

The Panthers, though, hustled more than in Friday’s loss to Watersmeet and outrebounded SC 29-16.

“We need to hustle like we did tonight on loose balls, rebound like that and play a little slower offensively,” Besonen said. “That frantic pace that has suited us so well isn’t this year.”

Lane Brown led E-TC with 14 points. John Berglund had 13 and Landon Maki scored 10.

Brian Maki led Superior Central with 16 points.

E-TC (1-6) hosts Chassell Thursday.

S. Central 10 13 13 21 – 57

Ewen-TC 9 17 7 19 – 52

Superior Central – B. Maki 16, Seppanen 10, Aho 14, N. Maki 6, C. Maki 6, D. Nelson 1, J. Hill 4. FT: 28-45. Fouls: 14. Fouled out: None. 3-pointers: Seppanen 1.

Ewen-Trout Creek – Landon Maki 10, Nick Hearns 7, John Berglund 13, Jacob Moilanen 5, Alan Goll 3, Lane Brown 14. FT: 10-14. Fouls: 28. Fouled out: Tanner Driesenga, Hearns, Molianen. 3-pointers: Maki 2, Berglund 2, Molianen 1, Goll 1.