PAINESDALE - On a night of inside presence versus outside shooters, the inside game carried the day, as center Alex Almquist scored 33 points for Hancock in a 64-48 non-league win over Jeffers.
The total was a career high for the 6-foot-7 junior, who knocked down three triples in addition to dominating inside.
"He got to the line, too, and he got the old-fashioned three-pointers. He can beat you in so many ways," Jeffers coach Duane Snell said.
The Jets had their own thing going, though, canning a staggering 14 three-pointers, with Alex Outinen and Troy Kinnunen making six apiece.
"We did get good looks and stuff," Snell said. "It's not like we were firing up airballs and out of control shots."
Hancock jumped out to an early 14-6 lead after a quarter, but Jeffers evened it up only for the Bulldogs to inch away in the second half with Almquist's help. Two-thirds of his total came in the second half.
The difference might have been in the middle ground between the block and three-point range: the free throw line, where Hancock went 18-for-27 and Jeffers did not have a single attempt.
Shane Raasio added 13 points and Matt Yao 11 for Hancock (4-5), which has gone 4-0 in 2013 after starting the season 0-5 in 2012. The Bulldogs play their first WestPAC game since Dec. 13 Thursday at Calumet.
Jeffers falls to 4-4 despite 20 points from Kinnunen and 18 from Outinen. The Jets host Ontonagon Thursday.
Hancock won the JV game.
Hancock 14 18 15 17 - 64
Jeffers 6 16 11 15 - 48
Hancock - Matt Yao 11, Riley Engman 3, Shane Raasio 13, Brian Kass 1, Sean Manderfield 2, Alex Almquist 33, Sean Patchin 1; FT: 18-27; Fouls: 11; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Yao 3, Engman 1, Raasio 1, Almquist 3.
Jeffers - Alex Outinen 18, Zachary Nicholas 6, Troy Kinnunen 20, Tyler Andrews 4; FT: 0-0; Fouls: 19; Fouled out: Myles Rajala; 3-point field goals: A. Outinen 6, Nicholas 2, Kinnunen 6.
Lake Linden-Hubbell 64, Ontonagon 41
ONTONAGON - The unbeaten Lakes were too deep and too tough for the Gladiators, rolling to a Copper Country Conference victory.
"They just came at us in waves and their pressure was relentless. I thought we did a better job in the first half of handling it, but they just wore us down in the second half," Ontonagon coach Tim Nelson said.
The Lakes (8-0, 5-0 CCC) came out strong offensively with 23 points in the first quarter for a 10-point lead they grew to 16 at halftime. Any hope of Ontonagon getting back into it was squelched by the Lakes' pressure, which forced 26 Gladiator turnovers.
"At times, we broke the press and we scored off it and I was hoping if we could continue to do that, they would take it off, but no such luck," Nelson said.
LL-H was led by 19 points from Luke Monette. Brett Poissant added 10. LL-H, which won the JV game, is at Baraga Thursday.
Ontonagon's offense was co-led by 11 points apiece from Tony Soumis and Aaron Kaikko. Kyle Karttunen pitched in 10. The Gladiators (2-6, 2-2) are at Jeffers Thursday.
LL-Hubbell 23 15 17 9 - 64
Ontonagon 13 9 6 13 - 41
Lake Linden-Hubbell - Beau Dupuis 2, Cody Kumpula 9, Trevor Ongie 2, Cole Beauchamp 3, Trent Ambuehl 6, Luke Monette 19, Brett Poissant 10, Tyler Roose 8, Konrad Klein 2, Ryan Knoll 2, Josh O'Dell 1; FT: 10-14; Fouls: 22; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Monette 1, Beauchamp 1.
Ontonagon - Tony Roberts 2, Seth Rowles 3, Noel Jenny 2, Tony Soumis 11, Kyle Karttunen 10, David Pollard 2, Aaron Kaikko 11; FT: 15-26; Fouls: 12; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: none.
Dollar Bay 33,
DOLLAR BAY - The Bays got on the board Monday, running a clean offense to get their first win of the year.
Coach Jesse Kentala noted his team's 12 turnovers were barely half its per-game average.
"We took care of the ball and cleaned up the glass tonight and when you do those two things you're usually going to be pretty competitive," he said.
The Hawks were hampered inside by the loss of Jonathan Lydgman, who did not play due to a knee injury.
The Bays took a 19-13 lead into halftime after outscoring the Hawks 8-2 in the second quarter and preserved that lead through the second half.
Carl Kangas posted 12 points to lead the Bays, now 1-7 going into a home game with Superior Central tonight.
"They feel pretty good about getting in that win column," Kentala said.
Republic-Michigamme was led by six points from Phil Koski.
Dollar Bay won a JV girls game against Republic.
Republic 11 2 5 8 - 26
Dollar Bay 11 8 6 8 - 33
Republic-Michigamme - David Simula 4, Zach Kangas 4, Cody Carlson 5, Marcus Antilla 5, John Papio 2, Phil Koski 6; FT: 5-9; Fouls: 16; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Antila 1.
Dollar Bay - Brett Houle 3, Carl Kangas 12, Tom Dunstan 8, Cam Ringler 4, Mike Marcol 2, Tyler Jarvi 4; FT: 10-17; Fouls: 13; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Houle 1.
Calumet 53, Baraga 18
BARAGA - Calumet's pressure made for a quick night on the road, as the Copper Kings put away the Vikings.
This one was all but done by halftime, at which point Calumet led 33-11, but the Kings pitched a shutout in the third for good measure.
Calumet's high scorer was Chad Sturos with 17. Paul Torola added 16.
The Copper Kings (6-3) host Hancock Thursday.
Baraga got a team-best five points from Brandon Nieskes. The Vikings fall to 0-7 ahead of a Thursday home game with Lake Linden-Hubbell.
Calumet 15 17 14 7 - 53
Baraga 8 3 0 7 - 18
Calumet - Chad Sturos 17, Paul Torola 16, Dan Olson 7, Owen Kariniemi 4, Luke Isaacson 3, Chad Helppi 2, Nate Perreault 2, Jake Pieti 2; FT: 14-18; Fouls: 9; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Olson 1, Isaacson 1, Sturos 1.
Baraga - Brandon Nieskes 5, Dillon Huckstaedt 4, Zach Owens 3, Harley Lindemann 2, Taylor Lindemann 2, G. Loonsfoot 2; FT: 2-4; Fouls: 12; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: none.