ISHPEMING - Ishpeming isn't in midseason form quite yet. But everybody they're playing is.
Competing in just their second game of the season, the Hematites pulled away in the third quarter for a 72-56 victory over L'Anse on Friday night.
The Purple Hornets (2-3) grabbed a 33-29 halftime lead by sinking 9 of 12 on 3-pointers.
"We played some very, very good defense in the first half, but you couldn't have told it by the way they were hitting their 3s," Ishpeming coach John Tiziani said. "I told our guys at halftime when we get the rebound, we're going to push the ball.
"I think L'Anse was absolutely exhausted by the end of the third quarter."
And probably disheartened after getting outscored 23-6 to fall behind 52-39.
Senior Joey Lyle led the Hematites (1-1) with 17 points, while junior teammate Derek DeCaire added 16 points and eight rebounds and another junior, Bobby Zhulkie, had 14 points.
Dan Perrow paced the Purple Hornets with 15 points, including four 3s, while Keith Denomie and Jacob Ostermeyer had 13 apiece. Denomie made three 3s and Ostermeyer one as L'Anse made 11 triples altogether.
Ishpeming also won the JV game, 58-30.
ONTONAGON - Hawks junior Jonatan Lygdman posted a double-double of 10 points and 19 rebounds to lead Republic-Michigamme to victory.
Sophomore Phillip Koski had a team-high 11 points while sophomore Marcus Antilla and junior Philip Simula each had nine points.
The Hawks (2-2) shot 35 percent from the field and hit 13 of 20 free throw attempts.
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NEWBERRY - The Indians won their first game since 2011 as senior guard Dustin Brown scored 22 points.
Newberry (1-4 overall, 1-2 Straits Area Conference) used a strong third quarter to turn a 26-15 halftime lead into a 43-19 bulge.