Boys roundup: Jeffers wins 10th in a row; L’Anse upsets Hancock

L’ANSE — The L’Anse Purple Hornets had numerous players step up in a 60-57 West-PAC upset over the Hancock Bulldogs Tuesday in L’Anse. 

Brandt Tembreull recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Eric Simpson also netted 14 points. 

“Big win for us being shorthanded,” L’Anse head coach Kyle Koski said. “By far, our biggest win of the year.”

In the first quarter, L’Anse had to deal with losing Tembreull to foul trouble after he picked up three in the first quarter. Then, in the first minute in the third quarter, Logan Fish left the game and did not return after taking a knee to the quad. 

“I don’t think I’ll have Fish for Thursday (at Westwood),” Koski said. “He was on crutches after the game, I’m just hoping it’s a deep thigh bruise. More worried about Monday and districts, so we will probably hold him out.”

Simpson, a freshman, scored 11 points in the first half to give the Purple Hornets another scoring option.

With 30 seconds left in the game, Reese Waara made two free throws to give L’Anse (6-13, 2-6) a 58-54 lead. Then, Hancock’s Chad Raasio converted a 3 to get him to 24 points and cut L’Anse’s lead to 58-57. Following Raasio’s basket, Chase Parker found Tembreull for a layup with 7 seconds remaining. Hancock got an open look from 3 to tie the game but missed. 

Waara finished with nine points, nine rebounds and six assists.

Hancock (9-9, 3-3) goes to Calumet on Thursday before hosting West Iron County on Friday in a makeup game. 

Hancock 10 12 18 17 — 57

L’Anse 12 15 16 17 — 60

Hancock — Watson 1, Stimac 6, Chad Raasio 24, Blau 4, Anderson 9, McParlan 13. F: 14; Fouled out: Blau; Free throws: 10-16; 3-point field goals: Raasio 2, Stimac. 

L’Anse — Waara 9, Parker 11, Fish 3, Waranka 2, Sanregret 7, Tembreull 14, Simpson 14. F: 15; Fouled out: None; Free throws: 8-15; 3-point field goals: Sanregret, Simpson, Parker, Waara. 

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EWEN — When Ewen-Trout Creek’s Big Three of Jake Witt, Austin Berglund and Eli Nordine score it like they did Tuesday against Wakefield-Marenisco, the Panthers become a dangerous team. E-TC earned a 70-44 Copper Mountain Conference win over the Cardinals as Witt, Berglund and Nordine combined for 66 of E-TC’s 70 points.

“Those three played really well,” E-TC head coach Brad Besonen said. “But to get those three to play well, our other guys did a nice job of getting them in positions to score the ball. Levi (Lindberg) and Cole (Borseth) played well as screeners to free those guys up.”

Witt finished with 24 points, 19 rebounds and six blocks, while Berglund had 21 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Nordine knocked down five 3s to provide a perimeter threat. 

“We had the ball moving well against the zone,” Besonen said. “We got it in scorer’s hands and they put it in the hole.”

Bailey Ribich was the only Cardinal to finish in double figures in scoring; Ribich scored 25 points. 

“We played good defense and didn’t get any of their 3-point shooters any looks,” Besonen said. “Ribich was able to put a threat on us.”

Next, E-TC (11-7, 9-4) goes to Bessemer on Thursday.

W-M 8 13 12 11 — 44

E-TC 18 20 19 13 — 70

W-M — Ribich 25, Cole 8, Franklin 3, Heil 5, Hakamaki 3. F: 6; Fouled out: None; Free throws: 4-6; 3-point field goals: Ribich 2, Franklin, Heil. 

E-TC — Nordine 21, Lindberg 2, Berglund 21, Witt 24, Noah Nordine 2. F: 13; Fouled out: None; Free throws: 4-4; 3-point field goals: Eli Nordine 5, Berglund 2, Witt. 

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JEFFERS — It was a record-setting night for Jaden Wood of the Jeffers Jets. 

In Jeffers’ 100-23 win over the Baraga Vikings on Tuesday in Jeffers, Wood knocked down 10 3s to give him the single-game Jeffers record for made 3s. Wood also managed to record the single-season record for 3s with 68, passing the previous record of 66. He led all scorers with 38 points after making 10 of 13 attempts from 3. 

“He deserves the record,” Jeffers head coach Duane Snell said. “Even if you’re out in the gym shooting by yourself, 10 of 13 is pretty good. It’s a great accomplishment. But without his teammates, he wouldn’t get the records. His teammates got him the ball in timely fashions throughout his entire season and career.”

As a team, Jeffers managed to shoot 39 of 55 (71 percent) against Baraga. Caleb Maki scored 16, and Bradley Jenkins (12), Nathan Maki (12) and David Jukkala (10) each scored in double figures.

“I haven’t seen anything like that ever,” Snell said of the shooting. “Momentum and confidence is carrying on for our 10th win in a row. The kids have a lot of confidence and momentum in their favor, so hopefully they can continue that on Thursday.”

Next, Jeffers (16-3, 12-2) has a Copper Mountain showdown at Dollar Bay on Thursday for a battle of first in the conference. Baraga (0-19, 0-14) goes to Ontonagon on the same day.

Baraga 8 12 4 5 — 23

Jeffers 35 25 23 17 — 100

Jeffers — Wood 38, Maki 16, Nathan Maki 12, Nicholas 6, Turner 4, Jukkala 10, Jenkins 12, Hill 2. F: 13; Fouled out: None; Free throws: 5-6; 3-point field goals: Wood 10, Maki 2, Nathan Maki 2, Nicholas. 

Baraga — Whitaker 10, Colton Lindemann 4, Putala 4, Ripley 2, Beck 1, Gunner Lindemann 8. F: 6; Fouled out: None; Free throws: 8-10; 3-point field goals: Whitaker 3. 

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DOLLAR BAY — The Dollar Bay Blue Bolts turned it an all-around performance in a 72-47 Copper Mountain Conference win over the Republic-Michigamme Hawks Tuesday in Dollar Bay.

Jaden Janke and Jacob Iacono led the Blue Bolts with 16 points each, and Devin Schmitz added 12 for the winners. 

“We were steady defensively and we were able to turn them over with our pressure in the second and third quarters,” Dollar Bay head coach Jesse Kentala said. “We were organized and confident.

“Jacob Iacono was a spark plug for us tonight on both ends of the floor.”

After outscoring R-M 20-10 in the second, the Blue Bolts managed to take a commanding 34-16 lead by halftime. 

Now, Dollar Bay (15-4, 12-2) will prepare for Thursday’s matchup at home with the Jeffers Jets. 

R-M 6 10 12 19 — 47

Dollar Bay 14 20 19 19 — 72

R-M — Shumate 14, DuPont 2, Vetengle 2, Hanninen 12, Morgan 10, Ball 5, Rosenbaum 2. F: 18; F: 20; Fouled out: None; Free throws: 8-17; Technical foul: A.J. Ball; 3-point field goals: Shumate 3, Hanninen 2. 

Dollar Bay — LeClaire 8, Iacono 16, Devin Schmitz 12, Jaden Janke 16, Ashton Janke 5, Klobucarich 5, Abel Iacono 2, Kangas 2, Drake Schmitz 3, Nelson 3. F: 15; Fouled out: None; Free throws: 15-18; 3-point field goals: Jaden Janke 2, Devin Schmitz 2, LeClaire, Ashton Janke, Klobucarich, Drake Schmitz, Nelson.

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WATERSMEET — Watersmeet gave Ontonagon a scare, but the Gladiators prevailed 83-76 Tuesday night.

The Nimrods cut it to five points with 1:30 left to go, but couldn’t complete the comeback.

Ed Polakowski scored 27 points to lead Ontonagon. Mitchell Borseth scored 25 and Tanner Balcolm had 16.

Watersmeet goes to Wakefield-Marenisco Thursday. Ontonagon hosts Baraga the same day.

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