Defense rules in Westwood Patriots’ boys basketball win over West Iron County, 45-37

ISHPEMING — Westwood employed its trademark defense especially well in the middle two quarters to take a 45-37 victory over West Iron County in a high school boys basketball game played Thursday night.

After this makeup of a nonconference game postponed from Dec. 4, both teams now stand 3-2.

Tied 10-10 after one quarter, the Patriots held WIC to just five points in the second period before the Wykons’ Caden Pellizzer hit a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer to pull the visitors back within 22-18 at the break.

But Westwood extended its lead in the third quarter, holding WIC to six points then for a 33-24 advantage entering the final eight minutes.

“We’re a defensive team and we played our kind of basketball,” Patriots coach Chad Hewitt said. “It was a back-and-forth game there for awhile, a bucket here and a bucket there, but then we were able to knock down some shots.”

Westwood junior Nathan Beckman led all scorers with 14 points, while junior teammate Blake Hewitt added 13.

“Those two did a real good job,” Coach Hewitt said. “Blake made 5 of 8 shots from the field, while Nathan knocked down 6 of 8 free throws in the fourth quarter.”

Blake Hewitt also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

Pellizzer paced the Wykons with 13 points.

Westwood, which won the JV game 38-24, hosts Iron Mountain on Thursday. WIC entertains Escanaba on Tuesday.

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Negaunee 84, Manistique 34

At Negaunee, the Miners may have looked like a car left in the cold for a week, starting slowly before really revving things up in the second quarter.

The teams were tied 13-13 after one quarter before Negaunee (4-2, 2-0 Mid-Peninsula Conference) sprinted to a 33-point second quarter to take a 46-23 halftime lead.

“We didn’t play that great out of the gate,” NHS coach Dan Waterman. “We didn’t play hard enough in the first quarter.

“Then we started getting after it in the second. We were able to turn them over several times and get some fast-break points.”

He also cited several of his younger players for sparking the team.

“(Sophomore Drew) Lindberg was sharp all night; he shot the heck out of the ball,” Waterman said. “(Junior Keegan) Erva came in and did a nice job, especially in the second half.”

With 11 Negaunee players reaching the scoring column, Lindberg led all scorers with 17 points, while senior teammate Jacob Ennett added 15 — all on five 3-pointers — and sophomore Jakson Sager 14.

Erva scored nine points while sophomore Jason Waterman pulled down a team-high five rebounds to go with six points.

Junior Kanton Lauzon paced the Emeralds (0-5, 0-4) with 11 points, while teammate Logan Pawley grabbed a game-high six rebounds.

Negaunee, which also won the JV game 56-34, travels to Houghton on Tuesday, while Manistique is off until next Friday when the Emeralds play at Ishpeming.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.