MUNISING - Outscored 22-16 in the second half, the Munising High School boys basketball team lost a 41-36 MHSAA Class D district semifinal decision to visiting Superior Central Wednesday night.
Superior Central advances to face Engadine in the district title game Friday night. The Eagles defeated Grand Marais 41-36 in the earlier game.
"We played tough and smart for 32 minutes. I'm very proud," said Jenkins. "Munising is tough as nails and to come in here and beat them is really really tough. It's as rabid as an environment as there is."
The Mustangs (16-5) led 12-5 after one quarter, but couldn't hold off SC (15-7) the rest of the way.
"We got out of the gate good," Munising coach Dan Waterman said. "We got the ball inside to (center Ben) Stasewich and he got some layups.
"But (the Cougars) got some momentum late in the half and they came out of the locker room (in the third quarter) with a lot of energy. They put us on our heels."
Trevor Maki paced SC with 12 points. Teammate Matt Verbrigghe added 10.
"We went down early by seven points, then we won the next three quarters," said Superior Central coach Herb Jenkins. "The plan was to be close at halftime because we knew the seniors were ready to step up. It's nice that the plan came to be."
For Munising, Stasewich finished with game-highs of 16 points and 19 rebounds. Gage Webster notched 10 points.
"(The Cougars) did a nice job (defensively) on Gage," Waterman said. "They used a box-and 1, a triangle and 2 and a 1-3-1 half court trap.
"We just couldn't get a rebound at certain points of the second half, either. And their press bothered us."