GLADSTONE - While Negaunee gets ready for a rematch against Marquette on Thursday night, the Miners didn't look past another Great Northern Conference team, Gladstone.
Negaunee posted a 79-46 victory Tuesday though the game was close early on. The Braves went on a 6-0 run to move ahead, 19-13, early in the second quarter but after No. 2-ranked Negaunee called a timeout, the sleeping giant awakened.
"I told them that need to make sure that we get this thing closer to even, and our guys responded really well," Negaunee coach Mike O'Donnell said. "We went up by 13 (points at the half), and that was a big momentum shift in the game."
Tyler Jandron of Negaunee goes up for a shot against Gladstone’s Blake Ballard during the first half Tuesday in Gladstone. (Escanaba Daily Press photo by Justin Marietti)
Gladstone hung in for a few minutes following the timeout, managing to tie the game 23-23. Then the Miners went on a 19-2 tear to set the tone for the rest of the contest.
"Things were going good, and then it was like we hit a brick wall," Gladstone coach Phil Griebel said.
Junior Tyler Jandron ignited the spark that propelled the Miners, scoring 18 of his 27 points in the first half. He was followed by teammate Eric Lori with 21.
The third quarter looked like a 3-point contest for a few moments, as the teams traded triples.
Negaunee (15-1) skated into the fourth quarter with a 60-39 advantage, and its bench took care of things for the rest of the way.
The Miners' Tanner Uren pulled in eight rebounds to match his eight points. Cretens paced the Braves with 17 points and seven rebounds.
Negaunee won the JV game 53-40.