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Lakes boys outpace Trojans 65-54

Lake Linden-Hubbell’s Danny Marcotte shoots a free throw as several members of Crystal Falls Forest Park step in to box out his teammates during a game Wednesday at the SDC Gym in Houghton. (Eddie O’Neill/Daily Mining Gazette)

HOUGHTON — By week’s end, the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes boys basketball squad will have played a rare three games in a row to wrap up their regular season. After winning their first one on Tuesday against the Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Blue Bolts at home, they were at Michigan Tech’s SDC Gym for a nonconference matchup against the Crystal Falls Forest Park Trojans Wednesday.

Like a fine wine that only gets better with age, the Lakes played some “vintage” basketball as they downed the Trojans, 65-54. In short, Wednesday’s game was better than Tuesday’s, according to their coach Brett Poissant.

“I was proud of the fact that our guys really played up to the level of their competition,” he said. “They (Forest Park) are a good team. It was really a team win as everyone knew their roles and executed them well.”

In particular, Poissant highlighted the roles of his two standout seniors Danny Marcotte and Gabe Popko, who seemingly picked up from where they left off the night before not missing a step in between.

Marcotte sunk five threes en route to a 22-point game. Popko had two more points on the night with 24.

Lake Linden-Hubbell coach Brett Poissant encourages his players to keep fighting in their game against Crystal Falls Forest Park during a game Wednesday at the SDC Gym. (Eddie O’Neill/Daily Mining Gazette)

“Danny played a great game all around,” said Poissant. “He stepped up and had a huge night for us.

“Gabe was right there with him. He was there battling inside and did an awesome job.”

Also in double figures for the Lakes was Josh Daavettila, who had 11 points.

The Trojans’ only leads in this one were in the opening minutes of the game. They led at 6-5 and 8-7. It was then tied at 10, 12, 14 and finally 16 to close out the first.

The Lakes outscored the Trojans 15-6 in the second, and went to the locker room at half up 31-22.

The Lakes (18-3) went up by as many as 17 points, 47-30, in the third. They held a 49-37 lead headed into the fourth. While the Trojans were able to get within 10 halfway through the fourth at 56-46 and 58-48, they could not stop the Lakes’ offense.

The Trojans finihsed the night with two players in double figures. They included Vic Giuliani with 20 points and Kevin Giuliani with 12 points.

UP NEXT

The Lakes wrapped up their regular season on Thursday with a game against the Calumet Copper Kings in Calumet. District play begins on Monday.

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