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Copper Kings boys top Purple Hornets on the road

Calumet’s Trent Halonen grabs a rebound during a game against L’Anse Tuesday at the L’Anse Gym. (Paula Porter/For the Gazette)

L’ANSE — The Calumet Copper Kings boys basketball team played for the first time since their last-minute, come-from-behind loss to the Chassell Panthers Monday. The Copper Kings rolled into L’Anse ready to play the Purple Hornets, and they came away with a win, 55-23.

The first quarter ended with the Kings leading by a significant advantage at 15-0. 

Alan Bjorn and Blake Tarvis, both finished with eight points each for the Copper Kings. Gavin Sturos had a 3-pointer in the second quarter.

Once the second quarter was underway, the Copper Kings started rotating in their bench more heavily. At halftime, Calumet led with a 30-5 score.

The second half of the game was mostly all Copper Kings again, with the exception of Easton Foucault scoring 12 points for the Purple Hornets including two 3-pointers and two free throws. 

Despite the lopsided score, Purple Hornets hustled for every rebound and loose ball. Three players from Lanse had three points each, including Matthew Maki, J.J. Beeler, and Trysten Muma.

The big scorers for Calumet in the second half were Charles Halonen with eight points and Kent Koskela, who racked up 12. Koskela had four free throws as part of his offensive total. 

After three quarters, the Copper Kings lead 41-11.

In the fourth, Calumet worked the ball around a lot offensively, looking for an open player. Colton Stafford and Micah Pieti from Calumet each had four points.

Every Copper Kings scored at least a point in the game.

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