Lakes makes it two routs in a row
PAINESDALE – The point parade in the postseason continued for the Lake Linden-Hubbell High boys basketball team Wednesday night in a district tourney semifinal game versus Baraga.
The Lakes, who scored a state postseason record 42 points, according to MHSAA.com, in the second quarter of an 82-41 win over Chassell Monday, notched a 75-32 victory Wednesday.
“We’re playing real good basketball right now,” LL-H coach Jack Kumpula said. “We just want to keep that going. It’s March … and you have to play well every night out.”
The Lakes will meet Jeffers at 7 p.m. Friday for the district championship.
Baraga coach Scott Artley said the Lakes were imposing.
“They’ve got a good inside game with (Brett) Poissant and Tyler (Roose) and some good outside shooters,” Artley said. “They are a tough matchup for anyone.”
Poissant was on fire in the first quarter against the Vikings, tossing in 13 points. Roose added six more as the Lakes grabbed a 23-7 advantage by quarter’s end.
“Brett and Tyler got us off to a good start,” Kumpula noted. “After that, everyone just contributed.”
The Blue and Gold expanded the margin to 46-16 by halftime, using their effective full-court ressure to rattle the Vikings.
“We didn’t handle their pressure at all,” Artley said. “It got out of hand real quickly.”
Both sides used their benches extensively in the second half and the running clock kicked in early.
The 18-4 winners were paced by Poissant with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Roose netted 15 points and Luke Monette tossed in 11 more.
The Vikings, ending with a 5-15 mark, received 12 points from Dillon Hueckstaedt.
Kumpula said he expects Jeffers to come out with some different wrinkles in the title game.
“They (Jets) are well-coached and they’re going to have some things ready,” he said. “We have to be ready for just about anything.”