Marquette Redmen boys basketball team shakes off rust with comeback win over Gladstone
MARQUETTE — The Marquette boys basketball team overcame some rusty shooting and got a big game from Raffy Millado to get past Gladstone 79-66.
Millado led Marquette with 23 points and four other Redmen finished in double figures. Reece Castor led Gladstone with 20 points.
The Braves held an early 20-15 advantage after the first quarter, but Marquette bounced back in the second quarter to tie the game 33-33 at halftime.
In the second half, Millado got hot and the Redmen (4-3) moved the ball well to hold Gladstone at bay for the remainder of the game.
“Our first quarter was a product of 17 days without a game,” Marquette head coach Brad Nelson said. “We were rusty on the defensive end and we gave up some uncontested jump shots and easy layups. I knew our first quarter was going to be ugly and it was.
“Our speed got to them, though, and Raffy went off in the third quarter. They didn’t have an answer for him and he got to the rim several times.
“We also spread the ball around well. When more people score, the more other teams have to prepare. I’m proud of our effort and I’m happy to get a win.”
Marquette plays at Menominee Friday.
Munising 70, Manistique 30
At Manistique, the Mustangs took control in the second quarter and never let up against the Emeralds.
Leading by eight points after the first quarter, Munising (5-1) outscored Manistique 17-7 in the second to take a 36-18 lead at the half. The Mustangs continued to dominate in the third quarter and held a 29-point advantage heading into the fourth period.
Josh Huotari led Munising with 19 points, while Alec Blank had 17 and Cade Contreras 15. Mark Block and Schyler Andersen each scored seven points for Manistique.
“We had very balanced scoring and we shot a lot of free throws,” Munising head coach Terry Kienitz said. “They’re not very deep, so we really wore them down.”
The Mustangs host Forest Park Thursday, while the Emeralds play at Escanaba Friday.
Jeffers 58, Republic-Michigamme 46
At Painesdale, the Jets got off to a great start and held on in the second half to defeat the Hawks.
Jeffers led 19-9 after the first quarter, but R-M rallied to pull within four of the Jets at the half at 30-26. However, Jeffers started to pull away in the third quarter and outscored the Hawks 13-9 in the fourth to complete the win.
Dylan Hanninen led R-M with 17 points, while Jake Carlson had 13 and River Shumate had 10.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.