PAINESDALE - A red-letter day for one Jeffers Jet put some smiles on a successful off-night for the team Tuesday.
Senior guard Troy Kinnunen scored his 1,000th career point with a triple early on, but the Jets barely escaped with a 48-45 home win over Watersmeet.
"Not only is he a scorer, he's turned into where he distributes the ball really well for us. He's picked up his game overall, not just his shooting, but rebounding and assists," Jeffers coach Duane Snell said of Kinnunen, whose official total stands at 1,018 with five regular-season games remaining in his senior season.
Kinnunen, who has evolved from a deadly spot-up shooter as a freshman to an all-around threat, led all scorers again Tuesday with 20 points.
Jeffers led 13-7 after a quarter but couldn't drop the Nimrods.
"It is a win, but it's disappointing when you take a step backwards and play with no intensity," Snell said.
The Jets held Watersmeet threat Israel Bolton scoreless, but gave up double figures to brothers Marcus (14) and Ryan (11) Bain. The visitors had 20 fourth-quarter points and a chance for the tie in the dying seconds after Jeffers botched an inbounds play, but the last shot fell short.
Alex Outinen added 17 for the Jets (8-7), who can pull into a virtual tie for the Copper Country Conference lead with a home win vs. Lake Linden-Hubbell Friday night.
Watersmeet 7 5 13 20 - 45
Jeffers 13 7 14 14 - 48
Watersmeet - Michael McGrath 8, Ryan Bain 11, Marcus Bain 14, Kevin Ivey 4, Kevin Stevens 6, Sam Lillie 2; FT: 9-17; Fouls: 14; Fouled out: R. Bain; 3-point field goals: R. Bain 3, M. Bain 1.
Jeffers - Alex Outinen 17, Troy Kinnunen 20, Myles Rajala 4, Christopher Outinen 7; FT: 6-9; Fouls: 15; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: A. Outinen 2, Kinnunen 4.
Calumet 54 (OT)
CALUMET - L'Anse pulled out its third overtime win of the season and second in as many games Tuesday in WestPAC play.
The Purple Hornets leaned on Keith Denomie for 20 points, including three treys that amounted to the visitors' entire fourth-quarter total, plus a big three in the overtime.
"The key to the night was the Denomie kid. He hit big shot after big shot in the second half and we had no answer for it," Calumet coach Mike Ojala said.
Calumet's Paul Torola, who led all scorers with 25 points, couldn't get a 15-footer to go at the end of regulation, so the teams went to overtime. In the dying seconds, L'Anse fouled intentionally to prevent a three-pointer. Torola made the first and successfully rebounded his own intentional miss of the second, but the putback was off as the buzzer sounded.
"There's been some crazy outcomes for us and none of them seem to have been going our way," Ojala said.
In addition to Denomie, L'Anse got 12 points from Daniel Perrow and 11 from Jacob Ostermeyer. The Purple Hornets (8-7, 2-4 WestPAC) have won four straight, all on the road, and play at West Iron County Friday night.
Calumet, now 0-3 in overtime games this year, falls to 8-8, 2-5 in WestPAC play. The Kings, who won the JV game, have the rest of the week off before hosting Jeffers Tuesday.
L'Anse 12 16 12 9 7 - 56
Calumet 9 17 8 15 5 - 54
L'Anse - Daniel Perrow 12, Joey Hansen 9, Jacob Ostermeyer 11, Keith Denomie 20, Chris Johnson 4; FT: 3-6; Fouls: 15; Fouled out: Jonny Magaraggia; 3-point field goals: Denomie 5, Ostermeyer 1, Hansen 1, Perrow 2.
Calumet - Owen Kariniemi 9, Dan Olson 4, Paul Torola 25, Eric Lasanen 3, Chad Sturos 11, Jake Pieti 2; FT: 7-9; Fouls: 14; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Kariniemi 1, Lasanen 1, Sturos 1.
Baraga 54, Dollar Bay 41
BARAGA - The Vikings got their second win of the season in slightly more comfortable fashion Tuesday, knocking off Dollar Bay.
Baraga had three scorers in double figures to sweep the season series with the Bays, whom they defeated Feb. 1 on Zach Owens' buzzerbeating putback. Owens scored 12 points, while Dillion Huckstaedt added 10 to go with Chris Goodreau's team-high 13.
The Vikings put up back-to-back 18-10 quarters to make their lead an insurmountable 15 points with eight minutes to go.
Brett Houle knocked down four treys to lead all scorers with 14 points. Tom Dunstan kicked in 10 for the Bays (1-16, 0-8 CCC), who host Jeffers in a make-up game Saturday.
Baraga, now 2-13 (2-5 CCC), plays next Tuesday against Chassell.
Dollar Bay 12 10 10 9 - 41
Baraga 11 18 18 7 - 54
Dollar Bay - Brett Houle 14, Tom Dunstan 10, Cam Ringler 8, Carl Kangas 7, Mikey Marcol 2; FT: 4-8; Fouls: 18; Fouled out: Dunstan, Kangas; 3-point field goals: Houle 4, Dunstan 2, Ringler 1.
Baraga - Chris Goodreau 13, Zach Owens 12, Dillion Huckstaedt 10, Taylor Lindemann 8, Harley Lindemann 4, Brandon Nieskes 3, Jonah Goodreau 2, Bill Mayo 2; FT: 13-20; Fouls: 13; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: C. Goodreau 1, Huckstaedt 1, Owens 1.