IRON RIVER - Austin Waara's 20 second-half points kept West Iron County in the race for a share of the WestPAC boys' basketball title at Calumet's expense Friday in a 53-50 decision for the Wykons.
Calumet led by nine after three quarters, but fell to 8-7 overall and 2-4 in league play.
"We made a couple mistakes, and that's been one of the issues for us. We've had four really, really difficult losses, and this one probably takes the cake," Calumet coach Mike Ojala said.
The Copper Kings had a one-point lead in the closing seconds, but Chad Sturos' drive to the hole was wiped off the board for a charging call, West Iron took the lead on the ensuing possession and the Copper Kings missed on the other end and were forced to foul.
"Waara was able to hit huge shots for them to keep them in it offensively," Ojala said. The senior guard finished with 24 points to lead all scorers.
For Calumet, Paul Torola scored 21 and Sturos 15.
The Copper Kings host L'Anse Tuesday night.
West Iron, which must win its remaining two league games (vs. L'Anse, at Hancock) and get a Houghton loss to Calumet for the league title, won the JV game.
Calumet 10 18 16 6 - 50
West Iron 9 11 15 18 - 53
Calumet - Owen Kariniemi 2, Dan Olson 4, Paul Torola 21, Eric Lasanen 1, Chad Sturos 15, Jake Pieti 7; FT: 15-22; Fouls: 14; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Sturos 1.
West Iron County - Joey Pisani 7, Adam Newby 10, Ryan Rogers 3, Austin Waara 24, Brock Hopkins 3, Andy Ridolphi 4; FT: 8-10; Fouls: 14; Fouled out: Tyler Stafford; 3-point field goals: Waara 2, Rogers 1.
L'Anse 63, Lake Linden-Hubbell 60 (OT)
L'ANSE - L'Anse made up for a weak finish to regulation with a big overtime period and defeated Lake Linden-Hubbell in non-league play.
The Purple Hornets led 49-39 in the fourth quarter until a series of mistakes against the Lakes' pressure defense allowed them to get back into it.
"All of a sudden, their pressure got to us. We got tired late and had some careless turnovers," L'Anse coach Mike Ostermeyer said.
L'Anse forced a turnover with 10 seconds to go in a tie game but couldn't get a good luck to end regulation.
In the overtime, Keith Denomie hit the go-ahead three with about a minute left, and a pair of Joey Hansen free throws gave L'Anse some cushion.
It was a big night for the Hornets' lesser-known players. Denomie, who averages 8.5 points a game, led all scorers with 23 (including four treys), while Brett Martinez (3.1 ppg) scored 15 off the bench.
"Denomie and Martinez really stepped up and carried us tonight," Ostermeyer said.
Brett Poissant put in 20 for LL-H (10-3), which hosts Houghton Tuesday night.
Daniel Perrow added 13 for L'Anse, which won the JV game and plays at Calumet Tuesday.
LL-Hubbell 9 12 15 15 9- 60
L'Anse8 14 14 15 12 - 63
Lake Linden-Hubbell - Brett Poissant 20, Cole Beauchamp 12, Luke Monette 9, Tyler Roose 8, Alex Knight 5, Trent Ambuehl 2, Konrad Klein 2, Trevor Ongie 2; FT: 9-26; Fouls: 23; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Poissant 3, Beauchamp 2, Monette 1, Roose 1.
L'Anse - Keith Denomie 23, Brett Martinez 15, Daniel Perrow 13, Jacob Ostermeyer 8, Joey Hansen 4; FT: 17-26; Fouls: 21; Fouled out: Jonny Magaraggia; 3-point field goals: Denomie 4.
Dollar Bay 53
ONTONAGON - Ontonagon's offense was clicking all night, leading to the Gladiators' best scoring night of the season.
"We took a lot better care of the ball tonight. I think tonight was one of the few nights we had more assists than turnovers and we excuted the offense well all night," Ontonagon coach Tim Nelson said.
The Gladiators (3-8, 3-4 CCC) scored 35 points for a 12-point halftime lead. DB closed with nine in the second half, but Ontonagon put the game away with 22 points in the fourth quarter.
Ontonagon had four scorers in double figures, led by 21 from Aaron Kaikko. Tony Soumis added 15, Eric Majurin 11 and Kyle Karttunen 10.
For Dollar Bay, Tom Dunstan knocked down four triples for a game-high 22 points. Carl Kangas pitched in 11.
Ontonagon has a make-up game today at Ewen-Trout Creek, while DB plays at Baraga Tuesday.
Dollar Bay 14 9 14 16 - 53
Ontonagon17 18 13 22 - 70
Dollar Bay - Brett Houle 6, Carl Kangas 11, Tom Dunstan 22, Cameron Ringler 6, Charlie Richards 2, Mike Marcol 3, Tyler Jarvi 3; FT: 5-6; Fouls: 11; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Dunstan 4, Houle 2.
Ontonagon - Luke Pattison 2, Tony Soumis 15, Kyle Karttunen 10, Eric Majurin 11, Taylor Beaudry 4, David Pollard 7, Aaron Kaikko 21; FT: 6-10; Fouls: 9; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Soumis 2, Majurin 1, Pollard 1.
Ewen-Trout Creek 69, Baraga 32
EWEN - Ewen-Trout Creek shared the ball and shared the spoils Friday, cruising past Baraga with the help of 20 team assists.
"Guys did a nice job of finding the open man and moved the ball," E-TC coach Brad Besonen said.
E-TC led 45-12 at the half with everyone getting involved offensively. Four Panthers scored in double figures, led by Dillon Gordon's 18. Nick Hearns added 13, Lane Brown 11 and Mike Borseth 10.
E-TC was all-in on the opposite side of the ball as well, as nine players recorded at least one steal.
"We were doing a good job of hounding the ball," Besonen said.
Baraga's Taylor Lindemann had a team-high nine points.
E-TC (12-2), which won the JV game, has a make-up game at home today against Ontonagon. Baraga (1-13) hosts Dollar Bay Tuesday.
Baraga 8 4 11 9 - 32
Ewen-TC 26 19 10 14 - 69
Baraga - Jonah Goodreau 4, Austin Smith 2, Dillion Huckstaedt 5, Harley Lindemann 2, Zach Owens 6, Taylor Lindemann 9, Gary Loonsfoot 2, Brandon Nieskes 2; FT: 1-4; Fouls: 13; Fouled out: J. Goodreau; 3-point field goals: Huckstaedt 1, Owens 2.
Ewen-Trout Creek - Logan Maki 9, Tanner Driesenga 4, Mike Borseth 10, Zach Leskela 2, Nick Hearns 13, Dillon Gordon 18, Keith Kauss 2, Lane Brown 11; FT: 12-18; Fouls: 8; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Maki 3.