L'ANSE - Tangling with the U.P.'s No. 2 boys' basketball team in Class ABC was too tough for L'Anse to handle Tuesday night, as Negaunee won going away, 70-42.
The Purple Hornets (3-5) stayed in contact with the Miners through the first half, trailing 25-15 at the break despite just four second-quarter points, but the Miners put up 25 and 20 over the last two frames to roll to victory.
"They put a lot of pressure defensively. They're long enough and have very quick hands and do a good job of getting in passing lanes," L'Anse coach Mike Ostermeyer said of the one-loss Miners.
Tyler Jandron led all scorers with 19 for the Miners. Eric Lori added 14.
L'Anse got 11 points from James Veker in his first action since an ankle injury against Calumet Jan. 3. Jacob Ostermeyer led his team in scoring, knocking down four triples for 12 points.
The Hornets return to WestPAC play with a Friday home game against West Iron County.
The Miners won the JV game.
Negaunee 14 11 25 20 - 70
L'Anse 11 4 7 20 - 42
Negaunee - Tyler Jandron 19, Eric Lori 14, Tanner Uren 8, Nick Martin 8, Nolan Bergstrom 6, Andrew Katona 5, Brock Weaver 4, Zane Radloff 2, Michael Anderson 2, Kevin O'Keefe 2; FT: 6-9; Fouls: 15; Fouled out: Katona; 3-point field goals: Lori 2, Jandron 1, Uren 1, Martin 1, Katona 1.
L'Anse - Jacob Ostermeyer 12, James Veker 11, Keith Denomie 5, Jonny Magaraggia 4, Brett Martinez 4, Daniel Perrow 3, Alex Karcher 3; FT: 11-16; Fouls: 7; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Ostermeyer 4, Perrow 1, Denomie 1, Karcher 1.
Superior Central 71, Dollar Bay 32
DOLLAR BAY - The Bays' bid to double up their win total ended quickly Tuesday, as Superior Central outscored the Bays 19-4 in the first quarter to take the long road home with a win.
"They were consistent, probably in all areas," DB coach Jesse Kentala said of the visitors from Alger County.
Three Cougars scored in double figures, with Matt Verbrigghe and Bryce Richard posting a co-leading 16 apiece.
Dollar Bay had an above-average night offensively, but its 71 points against was a season worst.
"Even after made shots by us, we didn't get back quick enough and they took advantage of it. Probably 20 points off easy lay-ups," Kentala said.
Tom Dunstan led DB (1-8) with 12 points and Carl Kangas had 11. The Bays play Chassell at home next Tuesday.
Superior Central won the JV game.
S. Central 19 19 16 17 - 71
Dollar Bay 4 10 6 12 - 32
Superior Central - Tyler Kienitz 3, Daniel Steward 8, Nicholas Maki 4, Cody Maki 8, Matt Verbrigghe 16, Skylar Lloyd 2, Trevor Maki 12, Justin Hill 2, Bryce Richard 16; FT: 9-16; Fouls: 17; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Kienitz 1, C. Maki 2, T. Maki 1.
Dollar Bay - Carl Kangas 11, Tom Dunstan 12, Cam Ringler 5, Mike Marcol 2, Tyler Jarvi 2; FT: 5-15; Fouls: 13; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Dunstan 1.
Ewen-Trout Creek 76, Watersmeet 48
WATERSMEET - The Panthers ruled the boards and displayed increased scoring depth for an easy Porcupine Mountain Conference road win Tuesday.
Lane Brown, Keith Kauss and nick Hearns had 11 rebounds apiece as E-TC ran its record to 6-2. In addition, Brown scored 16 points and Hearns 12 to make for twin double-doubles.
"We got some balanced scoring tonight. We got really good games out of Nick Hearns and Lane Brown," E-TC coach Brad Besonen said.
The Panthers kept their offensive output consistent all night, scoring 18 or 20 points in every quarter as the Nimrods struggled to keep up. Another consistent source of production was guard Dillon Gordon, who posted a pedestrian (for him) 23 to lead all scorers.
Watersmeet was led by 13 points from Kevin Stevens.
The Panthers, who won the JV game, play at Chassell Thursday night.
Ewen-TC 18 20 20 8 - 76
Watersmeet 10 12 12 14- 48
Ewen-Trout Creek - Tanner Driesenga 4, Mike Borseth 7, Andy Meverden 2, Cole Besonen 8, Nick Hearns 12, Dillon Gordon 23, Keith Kauss 4, Lane Brown 16; FT: 2-7; Fouls: 14; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Borseth 1, Gordon 3.
Watersmeet - Mike McGrath 6, Israel Bolton 6, Ryan Bain 2, Kevin Ivey 2, Cody Caudill 4, Kevin Stevens 13, Sam Lillie 9, Marcus Bain 6; FT: 4-9; Fouls: 10; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Bolton 2.