Ishpeming boys outlast Negaunee

NEGAUNEE — An offensive show between two stars was put on at Lakeview Memorial Gym on Wednesday night, with Ishpeming’s Darius Yohe dropping 24 points and Negaunee’s Jason Waterman scoring 30 as the Hematites defeated the Miners 59-54.

Ishpeming improved to 4-2 on the season while the Miners fell to 4-5.

Negaunee head coach Dan Waterman said his team battled back against Class ABC No. 5 Ishpeming.

“We had a decent start with 13 points in the first, but then they got some separation in the second,” he said. “Darius (Yohe) scored 17 of Ishpeming’s 22 points in the second quarter and that was a factor. He played a good game.”

Waterman added that his team buckled down on defense in the second half, but nothing was falling for the Miners who scored just five points in the third quarter.

“I thought early in the third we had good defense, but we just couldn’t get a bucket,” he said. “I’m proud of our kids. They scrapped back, we’re getting better and we have one more shot at them (Ishpeming), maybe two in districts.”

The two teams were deadlocked at 13 after one quarter of play. Ishpeming pulled ahead on Yohe’s 17 second quarter points to pull ahead 35-26 at the half.

With Negaunee’s scoring slump in the third, the Hematies held a 17 point advantage going into the final frame at 48-31.

The Miners attack came on strong with 23 fourth quarter points, but it wasn’t enough as the comeback fell short and the Hematites survied.

Senior guard Hart Holmgren added 21 points for Ishpeming. Sophomore guard Jakson Sager had seven points for the Miners.

Negaunee travels to Sault Ste. Marie on Friday while Ishpeming goes to Marquette on Tuesday.

Ishpeming also won the JV contest 53-48.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Spitza. Email him at