GWINN - Junior Justin Nyquist recorded game-highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Gwinn to a 62-49 Mid-Peninsula Conference victory over Westwood in boys high school basketball on Tuesday night.
The Modeltowners (12-4 overall) stayed in the hunt for second place in the M-PC at 8-3, a half-game behind Iron Mountain.
Gwinn led 21-13 after one quarter only to see Westwood (1-13, 1-7) cut the deficit to 30-27 at halftime. The Modeltowners had a solid third quarter to extend their lead to 47-36 entering the final period.
"This was one of those typical Westwood games," GHS coach Darren Sinnaeve said. "It was a battle. We keep allowing teams to get back into games, but Westwood credit, they worked hard and made 13 of 14 at the free-throw line.
"I've got a lot of kids I can rotate in, and starting in the third quarter, we started hustling more and getting after more loose balls."
Junior Kylor Skinner came off the bench to score 10 points for Gwinn, while senior Travis Swanson paced Westwood with 15 points and junior teammate Luke Woods added 11.
The Patriots won the JV game, 56-43.
Munising 61, Rapid Rvr. 35
At Rapid River, the visiting Mustangs were fortunate they began seeing "20-20" in the second half, which was enough to get an easy victory.
Munising (11-4, 6-2 Central Upper Peninsula Conference) led just 23-20 at halftime against the 1-14 Rockets, but lit their own fireworks with a 22-8 bulge in the third quarter.
Two Mustangs finished with 20 points - senior Gage Webster and sophomore Ben Stasewich, who also pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.
"We were sloppy and out of sync in the first half," MHS coach Dan Waterman said. "But in the third quarter, we did a better job with our (defensive) pressure and turnovers. Our offensive execution was the best I've seen all year."
Robert Metter scored 11 points and Jake Pearson had 10 points and seven rebounds for Rapid River (0-11 CUP).
Munising also won the JV game, 40-19.
Forest Park 55,
At Republic, an inability to handle defensive pressure early hurt Republic-Michigamme, which fell behind 36-16 at halftime and 49-22 after three quarters.
But the Hawks (3-12, 0-10 Skyline Conference) outscored Forest Park (10-5, 6-3) 18-6 in the final quarter.
"We started making good passes and finding the open man toward the end," R-M coach Bill Radcliffe said.
Two sophomores led the Hawks - Marcus Antilla scored 14 points, while Philip Koski added 12 points and nine rebounds.
The Trojans' Austin Snell led all scorers with 20 points as 10 FP players got in the points column.
Superior Central 63,
At Eben, senior Matt Verbrigghe scored 20 points to lead Superior Central (11-4), which built a 38-22 halftime lead.
Junior teammate Cody Maki added 14 points, while seniors Trevor Maki and Bryce Richard had 10 apiece.
"Cody Maki played his best varsity game in two years," SC coach Herb Jenkins said. "Besides his double-figures scoring, he played exceptionally well on the defensive end."
SC plays Thursday at Munising. Players will wear pink jerseys with the name of a cancer survivor or victim's name on the back of the uniform to raise money for cancer research. Jenkins himself said he is sponsoring Trevor Maki to honor his father who passed away Jan. 6 after a battle with lung cancer.