HANCOCK - Hancock got a typical big night from Alex Almquist, but it also got a big night from the players around him, resulting in a 59-53 come-from-behind WestPAC win over West Iron County Tuesday.
The Bulldogs (8-3, 2-1 WestPAC) outplayed the Wykons down the stretch to win their seventh game in a row.
"Down the stretch we moved the ball better and made quicker decisions which gave us some good looks," Hancock coach Curtis Wittenberg said.
Many of those good looks got converted. Not only did Almquist finish with 23 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks, but guards Jared Peryam, Chad Raasio and Cole Kemppainen each hit a pair of 3-pointers apiece.
Ryan Rogers hit three treys and finished with 17 points to lead the Wykons.
Peryam and Raasio both finished with 10 points for Hancock, which plays at Chassell Friday night.
West Iron 16 13 16 8 53
Hancock 14 17 12 16 59
West Iron County Adam Newby 15, Ryan Rogers 17, Aren Newby 6, Hopkins 7, Andy Ridolphi 4, Pisoni 4; FT: 12-20; Fouls: 19; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Rogers 3.
Hancock Kyle Hill 2, Jared Peryam 10, Chad Raasio 10, Cole Kemppainen 8, Spencer Silvola 4, Sean Patchin 3, Alex Almquist 23; FT: 11-23; Fouls: 15; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Peryam 2, Raasio 2, Kemppainen 2, Almquist 2.
Calumet 44, Baraga 27
CALUMET Calumet turned in its second strong defensive performance in as many nights to put away Baraga.
A night after allowing 24 points and no individual over seven vs. Chassell, the Copper Kings (7-3) allowed 27 points and no individual over six Tuesday.
Calumet's offense, meanwhile, clicked off the necessary points led by 16 from Paul Torola.
"They ran a very good offense and they ran it through Torola and he played another fine game for them. Their defense was real solid and they played well," Baraga coach Scott Artley said.
The Copper Kings go for the three-win week with a home game Friday against Houghton.
Baraga, now 2-8, will try to end a four-game losing streak at Republic-Michigamme Friday.
Calumet 11 13 15 5 - 44
Baraga 3 8 4 12 - 27
Calumet - Russ Bjorn 2, Josh O'Dell 4, Paul Torola 16, Jack Hyrkas 5, Kurt Keranen 2, Jake Pieti 15; FT: 6-13; Fouls: 12; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Torola 1, Hyrkas 1.
Baraga - Brandon Varline 5, Austin Smith 4, Steven Hadden 3, Dillion Huckstaedt 5, Zac Owens 2, Lucas Coffey 2, Chaz Forcia 6; FT: 2-5; Fouls: 16; Fouled out: Varline; 3-point field goals: Hadden 1, Varline 1, Forcia 1.
Houghton 78, Ontonagon 47
ONTONAGON Houghton got its groove back quickly, dumping Ontonagon to stop a losing streak at two.
The Gremlins (6-3) jumped into the lead early, going up 19-7 after a quarter and 40-17 at the half.
"They jumped on us right away and they just kept their foot on the gas all night. They dominated us in every aspect of the game," Ontonagon coach Tim Nelson said.
Trent Keteri led the attack, making five of Houghton's 10 three-pointers en route to a game-high 23 points. Houghton also got 14 from Nate Gockenbach.
Ontonagon falls to 2-7 despite putting three players in double figures led by Kyle Karttunen's 16. Mitch Borseth added 15 and Alex Ashley 10 for the Glads, who play at Ironwood Friday.
Houghton is at Calumet the same night.
Houghton 19 21 24 14 - 78
Ontonagon 7 10 12 18 - 47
Houghton - Trent Keteri 23, Ben Collaer 4, Eero Niemela 9, Thomas Strome 6, Sam Bethancourt 7, Nate Gockenbach 14, Joel Mewbourn 3, Ri Chen 6, Hunter Richards 6; FT: 4-4; Fouls: 20; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Keteri 5, Niemela 1, Strome 2, Bethancourt 1, Mewbourn 1.
Ontonagon - Kyle Karttunen 16, Mitch Borseth 15, Taylor Beaudry 3, Alex Ashley 10, Aaron Dean 3; Fouls: 11; Fouled out: none; FT: 14-23; 3-point field goals: Borseth 5.
Lake Linden-Hubbell 69, Ewen-Trout Creek 26
LAKE LINDEN - Lake Linden-Hubbell drilled nine three-pointers in a lopsided home win over Ewen-Trout Creek Tuesday.
The Lakes shot 40 percent (9-of-22) on their attempts from outside the arc, only a slightly weaker clip than they did from the rest of the field (18-for-42, 42 percent from inside).
Brett Poissant had a pair of those threes and a game-high 15 points. Luke Monette finished with 12 and Tyler Roose with 10, and both also made two threes as the Lakes officially made it to the halfway point of their regular season unbeaten at 10-0.
For E-TC, which falls to 2-7, Nick Hearns led the way with 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting.
The Panthers host Ironwood Thursday in a make-up game. LL-H returns to action Friday with a trip to Dollar Bay.
Ewen-TC 7 3 10 6 26
LL-Hubbell 15 30 17 7 69
Ewen-Trout Creek Andy Meverden 2, Nick Hearns 10, John Berglund 5, Michael Boro 4, Lane Brown 5; FT: 3-4; Fouls: 9; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Berglund 1.
Lake Linden-Hubbell Trevor Ongie 8, Cole Beauchamp 7, Trent Ambuehl 2, Luke Monette 12, Cody Kunnari 2, Brett Poissant 15, Tyler Roose 10, Lucas Klein 4, Chuck Heckel 2, Ryan Knoll 7; FT: 6-6; Fouls: 9; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Ongie 2, Beauchamp 1, Monette 2, Poissant 2, Roose 2.