CHASSELL - Jeffers survived tough sledding offensively in the second half to defeat rival Chassell 40-31 in Copper Country Conference boys' basketball Friday.
Jeffers, which led 23-20 at the half, managed only three second-half field goals but was able to nurse its lead to the finish, with help from 6-of-8 free-throw shooting in the fourth quarter from leading scorer Alex Outinen.
Being unable to take advantage of the Jets' offensive struggles, particularly when they scored just eight points in the third quarter, was decisive, according to Chassell coach Bill Sleeman.
"I felt like the third period was the pivotal point in the game," he said.
Chassell (1-13, 1-5 CCC) had only four points in the third and seven in the fourth.
Jordan LaTendresse scored 12 and Branden Barnes 11 in defeat for Chassell, which is at Ontonagon Tuesday.
Zachary Nicholas added 13 for Jeffers, back over .500 at 8-7 (6-1 CCC). The Jets are at Watersmeet in non-league play Tuesday.
Jeffers 11 12 8 9 - 40
Chassell 11 9 4 7 - 31
Jeffers - Alex Outinen 17, Zachary Nicholas 13, Brant Ryynanen 9, Christopher Outinen 1; FT: 13-22; Fouls: 12; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: A. Outinen, Nicholas 1, Ryynanen 1.
Chassell - Branden Barnes 11, Zach Cherubini 4, Jordan LaTendresse 12, Jacob Tuomi 2, Lars Daavettila 2; FT: 4-6; Fouls: 20; Fouled out: Tuomi; 3-point field goals: Barnes 3.
Dollar Bay 35
DOLLAR BAY - In a match of two CCC?teams looking to end long losing streaks, it was the visiting Gladiators who put a 'W' in the books Friday.
Outside shooting was probably the difference, with the Gladiators making five three-pointers and the Bays none.
"We had many opportunities to win but it came down to Ontonagon's three-point shooting. (Taylor) Beaudry and (Mitchell) Borseth hit clutch, contested threes to give them a slight edge," DB coach Jesse Kentala said.
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Ontonagon overturned a slight (16-14) halftime deficit to take a one-point lead after three quarters with help from two Beaudry triples. In the fourth, the Glads' 13-11 margin was enough for them to end a nine-game skid and get their first win since Dec. 23 (at Chassell).
Beaudry finished with 13 points and Borseth 11 for the Glads, now 3-11 (3-4 CCC) with a rematch against Chassell at home Tuesday night.
Dollar Bay, which falls to 0-14, 0-8, got 13 points from Justin Rogan. The Bays host Baraga Monday.
Ontonagon 5 9 11 13 - 38
Dollar Bay 4 12 8 11 - 35
Ontonagon - Tony Roberts 7, Kyle Karttunen 3, Mitchell Borseth 11, Taylor Beaudry 13, Alex Ashley 4; FT: 4-14; Fouls: 12; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Borseth 3, Beaudry 2.
Dollar Bay - Carl Kangas 6, Damon Boyd 2, Steven Joyal 4, Cameron Ringler 8, Tom Autio 2, Justin Rogan 13; FT: 5-9; Fouls: 15; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: none.
West Iron County 41
CALUMET - Calumet grinded out a WestPAC win over the Wykons Friday, their seven-point margin being the closest they've had in a win all season.
Key to the effort was holding WIC to just five points in the fourth quarter after beginning the frame down 36-35.
Jake Pieti worked hard inside, scoring 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting and pulling down nine rebounds. Paul Torola also scored 14 points, with help from 5-of-8 from the free throw line and 4-of-8 from the field.
West Iron had three players score in double figures, led by Andy Ridolphi's 12. Adam Newby and Ryan Rogers scored 10 apiece.
Calumet (11-4, 3-3 WestPAC) plays the first of four straight road games on Tuesday night in L'Anse.
West Iron 7 15 14 5 - 41
Calumet 13 11 11 13 - 48
West Iron County - Adam Newby 10, Ryan Rogers 10, Aren Newby 2, Brock Hopkins 7, Andy Ridolphi 12; FT: 2-2; Fouls: 16; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Adam Newby 2, Rogers 2, Hopkins 1.
Calumet - Russ Bjorn 7, Paul Torola 14, Eric Lasanen 6, Jack Hyrkas 5, Jake Pieti 14; FT: 8-16; Fouls: 7; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Torola 1, Lasanen 2, Hyrkas 1.