Boys basketball roundup: No. 2 E-TC wins big; W-M edges Onto in double OT

L’ANSE — The No. 2 Ewen-Trout Creek Panthers defeated the L’Anse Purple Hornets 64-30 Friday in a nonconference game.

Jake Witt led E-TC with 23 points, 12 rebounds and nine blocks, while Eli Nordine made five 3s on his way to 19 points. Jaden Borseth added 14 points.

“Ewen came out on fire and we didn’t have an answer for Witt early on,” L’Anse coach Kyle Koski said. “Then (Witt) was finding Nordine, and he bit big 3s to open up a big lead and they never looked back.

“We took care of the ball fairly well tonight, but shot 12 of 51 from the field.”

E-TC (11-0) jumped out to a 20-6 lead after the first quarter.

Next, E-TC heads to Ontonagon on Tuesday. L’Anse (1-9) goes to Baraga on the same day.

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E-TC 20 13 5 26 — 64

L’Anse 6 9 4 11 — 30

E-TC — Cousineau 8, Eli Nordine 19, Borseth 14, Witt 23. F: 8; Fouled out: None; Free throws: 2-5; 3-point field goals: Eli Nordine 5, Cousineau 2, Borseth.

L’Anse — Rajala 4, Reed 7, Waara 7, Sanregret 1, Kissel 3, Crawford 4, LaPlante 2, Niemi 2. F: 6; Fouled out: None; Free throws: 4-7; 3-point field goals: Kissel, Reed.

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ONTONAGON — A basket before time expired by Wakefield-Marenisco’s Brett Heil gave the Cardinals a 65-63 double overtime win over Ontonagon Friday night.

The Cardinals tied the game with around a minute left in the second overtime. Ontonagon was going for the last shot and W-M coach Terry Fetters told his players to go for a steal if they saw the chance.

Jacob Suzik did that and the ball deflected out of bounds off an Ontonagon player, giving W-M the ball with six seconds left.

Fetters expected there to be a mismatch somewhere with James Domitrovich fouled out for Ontonagon. Suzik found where it was, fed Heil on the low block and he scored before the buzzer.

The Cardinals needed a 3 to force a second overtime and Mason Saubert hit one off a double screen with nine seconds left.

The game went back and forth all night with neither team leading by more than four points.

“It felt like a tournament atmosphere,” Fetters said. “It’s a really good win tonight. Ontonagon’s a really good team. These are the kinds of games we like. They prepare us for tournament time, build a little character. We were happy to come out on the winning end of it.”

Suzik led W-M with 28 points, Saubert had 16 and Heil tallied 10. Ed Polakowski scored 22 points to lead Ontonagon. Tanner Balcomb had 14 and Henry Menigoz had 12.

The teams meet again in Wakefield on Friday.

Ontonagon (3-8, 2-5) hosts rival Ewen-Trout Creek Tuesday. W-M (9-2, 5-2) hosts Chassell on the same day.

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W-M 14 13 13 11 6 8 — 65

Onto 17 7 15 12 6 6 — 63

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