Boys roundup: Ontonagon wins; E-TC and L’Anse both lose

ONTONAGON — Senior Mitch Borseth scored 25 points to lead Ontonagon to a 57-31 win over visiting Baraga on Senior Night, Thursday.

The Gladiators used their height, with four players 6-3 or better, to control the inside. Borseth, 6-3, scored inside and out and “had a good game,” according to coach Andy Borseth. 

Coach Borseth started all three seniors on Senior Night and spent much of the night subbing multiple players to get as many players as much playing time as possible. 

“It was our last regular season game and I wanted to get those kids in that don’t usually play as much, but work hard in practice,” he said.

Ontonagon led 16-4 after one quarter, and 26-9 at half. 

Joey Francois led Baraga with 16 points. 

Ontonagon (12-8) begins Class D district tournament play Monday against Dollar Bay at Baraga. The Gladiators defeated the Blue Bolts twice this season, but coach Borseth said Dollar Bay has talented players. 

“Dollar Bay puts a lot of defensive pressure on with their guards. It will be our size against their quickness,” Borseth said.

Baraga 4 9 16 31 

Ontonagon 16 26 43 57

Baraga – Kollin Kangas 1, Coltonn Lindemann 4 , Jake Putala 4, Joey Francois 16, Gunnar Lindemann 6. FTs: 2-4. 3-pointers: Francois 3. Fouls: 12. Fouled out: None. 

Ontonagon – Ed Polakowski 5, Jaden Weisinger 4, Dawson Pollard 9, James Domitrovich 5, Mitchell Borseth 25, Nathan Ashbreck 3, Micah Blake 2, Tanner Balcomb 4. FTs: 10-12. 3-pointers: Pollard 3, Borseth 1. Fouls: 10. Fouled out: None.

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BESSEMER — The Ewen-Trout Creek Panthers ran into a hot-shooting Bessemer Speedboys team Thursday as Bessemer earned a 74-48 Copper Mountain Conference win.

Bessemer shot 11 of 19 from 3 and was 31 of 57 overall from the field (54 percent).

“They shot the lights out and outplayed us,” E-TC head coach Brad Besonen said.

E-TC trailed 41-19 at halftime and was never able to mount a comeback.

Austin Berglund led E-TC with 18 points, and Jake Witt scored 16.

Bessemer used a triangle-and-2 and put the two defenders on Berglund and Eli Nordine.

“They have decent length and athleticism inside,” Besonen said. “We popped Jake out and he had good looks early. Austin had nice looks early, too.

“We couldn’t hit anything to start. Didn’t have our first basket until three minutes left in the first quarter.”

E-TC (11-8) will play the winner of Republic-Michigamme and Wakefield-Marenisco Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Republic in district play.

E-TC 12 7 7 22 — 48

Bessemer 19 23 15 17 — 74

E-TC — Schultz 3, Eli Nordine 5, Driesenga 5, Cousineau 1, Berglund 18, Witt 16. F: 11; Fouled out: None; Free throws: 14-21; 3-point field goals: Berglund 3, Witt.

Bessemer — Mazzon 19, Samardich 11, Aili 3, Janczak 1, Bolen 18, Zelinsky 9, Bogaczyk 2, Turula 3, Busch 8. F: 20; Tomes; Free throws: 5-11; 3-point field goals: Mazzon 5, Bolen 4, Zielinsky, Turula.

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WESTWOOD — The L’Anse Purple Hornets closed the regular season with a 51-28 nonconference loss to the Westwod Patriots Thursday in Westwood. 

L’Anse had the game tied at 14 before Westwood went on an 8-0 run to close the first before putting the game out of reach. 

The Purple Hornets shot just 11 of 47 (24 percent). 

“Westwood played tough defense and we couldn’t throw it in the ocean all night long,” L’Anse head coach Kyle Koski said. 

Logan Fish paced L’Anse with eight points, 12 rebounds and six blocks.

L’Anse (6-14) hosts Calumet Monday in a district semifinal matchup.

L’Anse 9 5 6 8 — 28

Westwood 13 9 15 13 — 51

L’Anse — Waara 2, Parker 5, Rajala 3, Fish 8, Waranka 2, Sanregret 2, Tembreull 6. F: 12; Fouled out: None; Free throw: 3-5; 3-point field goals: Fish 2, Parker. 

Westwood — Pierport 7, Fredrickson 6, Anttila 8, Beckman 1, Laakso 11, Hewitt 10, Debrye 8. F: 11; Fouled out: None; Free throws: 6-10; 3-point field goals: Pierport 2, Laasko.

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