ONTONAGON - Chassell had the inside-outside game working to perfection Monday, gaining a 52-33 Copper Country Conference victory in Ontonagon.
The Panthers hit six of their seven 3-pointers in the first half to build a 27-18 lead at the break, then when the Gladiators brought their defense out to the perimeter, they fed it down to center Evan Huhta. The burly senior scored 11 of his 12 points in the third quarter as the Panthers outscored the Gladiators 18-5 to put the game away.
"They took advantage of what we gave them and they executed fairly well tonight," Gladiator coach Tim Nelson said.
The result was a highly balanced Chassell offense, led by 14 points from Carson Ryynanen. Josh Pietila finished with 13 to go with Huhta's 12.
Ontonagon, meanwhile, had a weak night offensively, failing to score in double digits in each of the first three quarters and failing to connect from outside the arc.
"Tony Soumis played hard and he took it to the hole and he got to the free throw line a little bit, but nobody else could make an open shot tonight."
Soumis led the Gladiators (1-3, 1-1 CCC) with 14 points. Ontonagon is now off for the holidays and will return Jan. 4 with a home game against Republic-Michigamme.
Chassell, now 2-1 (1-1 CCC) hosts Baraga Thursday.
Chassell 11 16 18 7 - 52
Ontonagon 9 9 5 10 - 33
Chassell - Brant Ryynanen 8, Josh Pietila 13, Carson Ryynanen 14, Zach Cherubini 2, Jordy LaTendresse 3, Evan Huhta 12; FT: 4-11; Fouls: 15; Fouled out: Pietila; 3-point field goals: B. Ryynanen 2, Pietila 3, C. Ryynanen 2.
Ontonagon - Luke Pattison 4, Tony Soumis 14, Kyle Karttunen 9, Aaron Kaikko 6; FT: 7-16; Fouls: 14; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: none.
West Iron County 69, Houghton 59
IRON RIVER - Zack Ohtonen tried to put the Gremlins on his back in the second half, but they couldn't get enough stops to avoid their first loss of the season.
Ohtonen demolished his career high with 29 points, but it wasn't enough, as West Iron put four players in double figures and had their way with the Gremlins in the halfcourt.
"Zack did a great job offensively on the boards. He was able to create himself a lot of second-chance opportunities," Houghton coach Jared Lawson said.
Ohtonen, whose previous best was 21 as a sophomore against then-U.P. No. 1 Ishpeming Feb. 1, 2011, scored 24 of his 29 in the second half.
Houghton led 17-11 after a quarter but fell behind by a deuce at halftime after surrendering 20 points to the Wykons in the second quarter. West Iron pulled ahead in the second half and the Gremlins, who had lost point guard Ryan LaBerge to fouls by the mid-third quarter, were unable to cut the gap to less than the high single digits.
"They did a great job playing defense and forcing us into a different game plan in the middle of the game and they hit their shots," Houghton coach Jared Lawson said.
Austin Waara led the Wykons with 20 points. Adam Newby pitched in 17.
Trent Keteri added 13 for Houghton (3-1, 1-1 WestPAC). The Gremlins play at Gwinn Thursday.
Houghton 17 11 15 16 - 59
West Iron10 20 19 20 - 69
Houghton - Ryan LaBerge 5, Trent Keteri 13, Cody Goodreau 6, Zack Ohtonen 29, Kyle Mattson 6; FT: 8-13; Fouls: 19; Fouled out: LaBerge, Goodreau; 3-point field goals: LaBerge 1, Keteri 3, Ohtonen 3.
West Iron - Alex Ralston 11, Tyler Stafford 4, Adam Newby 17, Ryan Rogers 1, Aren Newby 4, Austin Waara 20, Brock Hopkins 2, Andy Ridolphi 10; FT: 15-25; Fouls: 15; Fouled out: Stafford; 3-point field goals: Newby 1, Waara 3.
Republic-Michigamme 46, Dollar Bay 37
REPUBLIC - Getting 10 points and 13 rebounds from 6-6 junior center Jonatan Lygdman Monday night, the Republic-High School boys basketball team beat visiting Dollar Bay, 46-37, in a non-conference encounter.
Marcus Antilla added 10 points and David Simula nine as coach Bill Radcliffe's Hawks improved to 1-2 on the season.
"Having a big guy (like Lygdman) in the middle sure helps out," Radcliffe said, adding his team outrebounded DB, 34-13. "He was a presence tonight."
R-M took a 15-6 lead in the first quarter and held a 26-10 advantage at the half over the Bays (0-4).
"Dollar Bay used a 2-3 zone and I ran a 1-3-1 offense," the R-M coach said. "We were real patient, moved the ball around and got good, quality shots."
Tom Dunstan popped in 20 points for the Bays.
Dollar Bay 6 4 14 13 - 37
Rep.-Mich 15 11 12 8-46
Dollar Bay - Kangas 8, Dunstan 20, Ringler 2, Marcol 4, Jarvi 3; FT: 4-8. 3-point field goals: Kangas 1, Dunstan 2.
Republic-Michigamme - Lygdman 10, Simula 9, Kangas 2, Nault 2, Carlson 4, Antilla 10, Tapio 2, Carello 2, Koski 5; FT: 12-14; 3-point field goals: Simula 3, Antilla 1.