Republic-Michigamme Hawks pull off big coup with boys basketball win at Hancock

By Journal Sports Staff

HANCOCK — Small even when compared to other Class D schools, Republic-Michigamme put a big feather in its cap by taking down Class C Hancock with a big second half in a high school boys basketball game played Monday night.

The Hawks turned around a 24-23 halftime deficit with a 21-4 third quarter on their way to a 60-37 nonconference victory over the Bulldogs.

R-M (4-8) snapped a six-game losing streak after taking a narrow 13-11 lead after one quarter.

Six players made baskets in the Hawks’ outburst, which was shored up with a 16-9 fourth-quarter advantage.

River Shumate led R-M with 19 points as he scored at least four points in every quarter. Fellow senior Kasey Ball added 12 points while another senior, Dylan Hanninen, scored nine.

Devin Raasio scored 17 points and Joe Watson 15 for Hancock.

The Hawks play at Copper Mountain Conference rival Lake Linden-Hubbell tonight.

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Munising 88, Big Bay de Noc 39

At Cooks, the Mustangs were on pace to score 100 points in the first half as they made a dozen 3-pointers all night.

“We shot well and our defense was playing pretty good,” Munising coach Terry Kienitz said. “We had a lot of fast breaks in the first quarters with our half-court traps getting steals.”

The Mustangs (11-1, 6-1 Skyline Central Conference) jumped out to a 34-14 lead after one quarter, extending it to 54-18 by halftime.

Four of its players scored in double figures, all hitting multiple triples.

Senior Cade Contreras led the way with 17 points and three 3-pointers, junior Anthony Mattson added 16 points with two triples, senior Alec Blank scored 13 points and hit three treys, while junior Logan Waldron punched in 11 points with two long-range bombs.

Alex LaLonde paced the Black Bears (1-12, 0-10) with 14 points, while Nolan Raredon added 10.

Munising travels to Mid Peninsula on Friday before its big league showdown at home against Rapid River next Tuesday.

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