NEGAUNEE - Top Upper Peninsula player Tyler Jandron scored a game-high 24 points as Negaunee ran off with a 77-33 victory over Manistique in a high school boys basketball game played Friday night.
Jandron, a 6-foot-1 senior guard who was the U.P. Class A-B-C Player of the Year last season, also made five steals as the Miners raced to leads of 23-6 after one quarter and 44-16 at halftime.
"We executed very well offensively," NHS coach Mike O'Donnell said. "It's something we really put our focus on since the Marquette game."
Negaunee’s Eric Lori, right, keeps the ball away from Manistique’s Tanner Watson, center, during their Friday night game at Lakeview Memorial Gymnasium in Negaunee. (Journal photo by Jenna Thompson)
That was the Miners only loss in five games this season, a 51-40 setback at home on Dec. 19.
Playing their first Mid-Peninsula Conference game of the season, Negaunee also got 17 points from senior guard Eric Lori and 11 from his brother, sophomore forward Jay Lori, as all 10 Miners players scored.
For Manistique (0-6, 0-4), senior forward Coby Ryan scored 12 points as the Emeralds missed their lone free-throw attempt of the night.
Next up for Negaunee is a game at Escanaba at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, while Manistique's next game is Jan. 7 at Munising.
The Miners also won the JV game, 49-41.
Marquette 55, Traverse City Central 47
In a boys game played in Traverse City, Redmen coach Brad Nelson said he made some adjustments after Central took a 32-29 halftime lead.
"We gave up 32 points in the first half, but only 15 in the second," he said. "Central is a scrappy, very athletic team that likes to pressure defensively."
He said that leaves some openings that the 4-0 Redmen were eventually able to take advantage of.
Junior center Vejas Grazulis led Marquette with 14 points, while senior guard Andy Nyquist added 11 points and a team-high six rebounds.
TC's Jackson Schrameyer led all scorers with 15 points.
A big difference in the game was MSHS' 19 free throws to just five for TC.
The Redmen also won the JV game, 41-36.
Today, the MSHS boys play at TC West at 1 p.m. with those two schools' girls teams following at 2:30 p.m.
Marquette 69, Traverse City Central 27
In a girls game played in Traverse City, the 9-0 Redettes broke wide open an 8-5 game by scoring 23 unanswered points during the first half.
"You can't prepare for how you come out after a long trip," MSHS coach Ben Smith said.
Junior Hunter Viitala led Marquette with 21 points, five rebounds, six assists and five steals, while junior teammate Madalyne Connon added 11 points, four rebounds and four steals.
In addition, junior Elizabeth Kurin scored 10 points, Shayla Huebner had six assists and Mikayla Blight pulled down four rebounds.
Callie Bartkowiak paced TCC with seven points.
Marquette also won the JV game, 69-39.