IRON RIVER - Outscored 11-4 in the second quarter, the Westwood High School boys basketball team wound up on the short end of a 64-54 decision with host West Iron County on Monday night.
"That quarter just killed us," Westwood head coach Ryan Reichel said after the season-opener for both teams. "We were looking for the 3 early and when we missed, they got some long rebounds.
"We settled down in the second half, however."
Luke Woods led the Patriots with 16 points and nine rebounds. Teammate Luke Duquette added 10 points.
Adam Newby poured in 18 points for the Wykons. Austin Waara contributed 13 and Andy Ridolphi had 11.
Superior Central 67,
Big Bay de Noc 44
At Eben Monday night, the host Cougars beat Big Bay de Noc in a Central U.P. League game, 67-44.
Matt Verbrigghe sparked the winners with 24 points.
LAKE LINDEN - The Lakes had no trouble in their Copper Country Conference and season opener, getting 22 points from Tyler Roose to take down the Vikings.
"Our defense was really good and we were able to get the tempo of the game up and our good pressure defense and running the ball," LL-H coach Jack Kumpula said.
Setting the tempo was important, as the Lakes dressed 15 players to the Vikings' eight.
LL-H took an 18-7 lead after the first and ascended through the gears, leading 33-16 at halftime before zooming away to a 31-5 third quarter run.
Roose's 22 equaled a career high set Feb. 7 vs. Ewen-Trout Creek.
"Tyler was just taking it to the basket well. Normally, he's a pretty good shooter, but tonight he was just smooth," Kumpula said.
Dylan Huckstaedt and Zach Owens co-led Baraga with five points apiece. The Vikings host Chassell Thursday.
L'Anse 64, Jeffers 55
PAINESDALE - A fast start and some big scorers were the difference for the Purple Hornets starting 2012-13 with a road win.
L'Anse scored 20 points in the first quarter and led 34-21 at halftime, an advantage Jeffers was unable to dismantle.
"We didn't get out of the gates quick enough like we wanted to," Jeffers coach Duane Snell said.
Both sides had big featured scorers: For the winners, Jimmy Veker poured in 27 and got help from Keith Denomie's 18 and Daniel Perrow's 13.
Jeffers was unable to take advantage of career nights for both Troy Kinnunen (31) and Alex Outinen (23), coming within eight in the second half.
Kinnunen's 31 eclipsed a career mark set at Lake Linden-Hubbell Feb. 17, while Outinen's 23 were most since he put 22 on Ontonagon Feb. 24. Unfortunately, for the Jets, the rest of the team combined for a single point.