Slow start doesn’t deter Munising boys basketball team in win over Superior Central

MUNISING — Munising needed a quarter to get its offense revved up on the way to a 69-44 victory over Superior Central in a high school boys basketball game played Monday night.

The Mustangs led 14-8 after one quarter before adding at least 18 points in each of the final three periods, going up 33-16 at halftime and 51-26 after three quarters.

“It was one of those sloppy starts,” MHS coach Terry Kienitz said. “Then we got into the flow, starting pushing the transition and got some easy baskets after we started forcing some turnovers.”

Munising senior Cade Contreras led all scorers with 21 points, while senior teammate Alec Blank added 17 points and nine rebounds, sophomore Josh Huotari 15 points and 12 rebounds and junior Anthony Mattson 12 points.

But the coach’s praise was pointed specifically at junior Jesse Matson, who scored just two points.

“Jesse I had primarily focused on defense against Superior Central’s go-to guy, (senior) Joe Heinonen,” Kienitz said. “And Jesse had 12 assists and eight rebounds.”

Heinonen paced nine SC scorers with 13 points, while junior teammate DJ Johns had nine and senior Levi Charlebois had a team-high five rebounds.

Munising also won the JV game 45-36.

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Watersmeet 52, Baraga 51

At Baraga, the Vikings made a shot at the buzzer, but it was inside the 3-point line to leave Baraga one point short of forcing overtime.

The visiting Nimrods led 34-17 at the half and had to fight for the victory in the second half.

“We came out in the first half, shooting the ball pretty well and then in the second half, the tide turned,” Watersmeet coach George Peterson III said. “It was a good team effort…. Just have to get these young kids some more experience so they adjust to the speed of the game.”

Colton Lindemann led Baraga with 13 points and Gunner Lindemann had 10.

Ben Winkka led Watersmeet with 20 points and Howard Caron had 19. Taylor McGeshick had 14 rebounds.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee with contributions from the Houghton Daily Mining Gazette. Brownlee’s email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.