Chassell wins battle of the Panthers over Ewen-Trout Creek

Paul Peterson/For the Gazette Ewen-Trout Creek’s Tom Cousineau goes to the hoop for a layup as Chassell's Elijah Soumis defends Thursday night. Chassell won the battle of Panthers by a 56-49 score.

CHASSELL — Beaten late last month by the Ewen-Trout Creek Panthers in a close game, the Chassell Panthers boys basketball team turned the tables Thursday night.

The Blue and Gold notched a 56-49 win over Ewen as seniors Elijah Soumis and Abe Gockenbach showed the way.

The 6-foot-5 Soumis tossed in a team-leading 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, while Gockenbach recorded 14 points, five steals and six rebounds.

“Those two were tough to stop,” E-TC coach Brad Besonen said. “But they’re both seniors and we’ve seen the last of them …. I think.”

Chassell skipper Raphael Soumis felt his team overcame some ragged spots to earn their eighth win in ten tries this winter.

“I thought we did a good job in getting a lead in the second and third quarters. but not so good in the fourth quarter.”

Ewen-Trout Creek stormed back from a 31-19 deficit in the third frame to take a 41-40 lead on a triple by Tom Cousineau early in the final stanza.

But the work of Bill Rautiola, who hit a triple, and two free throws apiece by Soumis and Gockenbach enabled Chassell to move away.

“I don’t know why, but we were rushing the ball up the floor with a five-point lead and about a minute to play,” Soumis said. “We made some foolish mistakes and let them back into it. Fortunately, Abe made a couple of steals and Elijah cleaned up on the boards.”

Freshman standout Jaden Borseth netted 12 of his game-high 21 points in the second portion of the game for Ewen.

“He (Borseth) was off a bit in the first half,” Besonen said. “But he started getting good shots in the second half.”

Eli Nordine banged in three treys in the third quarter to help Ewen-Trout Creek stage its rally.

Blade Warren and Kurtis Kytta combined for 15 points for the winners.

Nordine tallied 15 points to back up the game of Borseth, who also had 11 rebounds.

“We’re a young team (three freshmen starters), so I think we’re going to improve with each game,” Besonen commented.

Chassell goes to Lake Linden-Hubbell Saturday for a make-up game.

Ewen-TC, 4-7 so far, goes to Republic-Michigamme next Tuesday.

Ewen-TC 6 10 21  12 – 49

Chassell 8 17 16 15 – 56

EWEN-TC — Nordine 15, Cousineau 8, Dreisenga 3, Borseth 21, Jilek 2. FT: 6-7; Rebounds: 28 (Borseth 11; Fouls: 10; Fouled out: Cousineau; 3-point FG: Borseth 3, Nordine 3, Cousineau 1.

CHASSELL — Warren 8, Soumis 18, B. Rautiola 5, Gockenbach 14; K. Rautiola 4, Kytta 8, FT: 6-12; Rebounds: 31 (Soumis 15) Fouls: 9; Fouled out: None; 3-point FG: Kytta 1, B. Rautiola 1.

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