Delarye, Dellangelo lead Patriots at L’Anse; Mustangs top Indians
By Journal Sports Staff
L’ANSE — Senior David Delarye took on his regular role while JV callup Taylor Dellangelo provided a spark in Westwood’s 54-42 boys basketball victory at L’Anse on Thursday night.
Delarye led the Patriots (10-9) with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Dellangelo put in eight points in his first varsity contest. Junior Nathan Beckman added 11 points to the winning effort.
“L’Anse was sitting in a zone (defense) and it eliminated a lot of our touches on the inside,” WHS coach Chad Hewitt said. “That made it tougher for Delarye.
“We got a spark from our bench. Dellangelo gave us another gear out there in his first game.”
The Purple Hornets (5-15) took an 8-5 lead after one quarter before Westwood turned it around for a 20-19 halftime edge and 32-29 lead after three quarters.
The Patriots pulled away in the fourth quarter, scoring 22 points as they prepare to play in the Class C district tournament at Negaunee next week.
“I think maybe our athleticism and bench made a difference when we got deeper in the game,” Hewitt said. “We were working on some things. You want to be ready and playing your best basketbal for Game 21.”
L’Anse junior Reese Waara led all scorers with 17 points, while freshman teammate Alex Kissel added 12.
Westwood also won the JV game 51-27.
The Purple Hornets begin their Class C district with a game at Houghton on Monday, while the Patriots face their district host, the Miners, on Wednesday.
Munising 56, Newberry 34
At Newberry, the Mustangs used some pressure defense, including halfcourt traps, to create turnovers and easy baskets in the first half.
The Mustangs (17-3) raced out to leads of 14-7 and 34-13 after the first two quarters.
“We put a lot of pressure on the ball, a lot in the halfcourt,” Munising coach Terry Kienitz said.
MHS senior Alec Blank led all scorers with 21 points, while senior teammate Cade Contreras added 17.
“Blank played pretty steady,” Kienitz said.
“They played a zone (defense) the whole game, and Alec was able to look for some openings.”
Junior Jaylen James paced Newberry (3-17) with nine points, while senior Matt Berry added eight.
The Indians, who won the JV game, open play in the Class C district hosted by Harbor Springs with a game at winless St. Ignace on Monday.
The Mustangs also play Monday against Superior Central in a Class D district they are hosting.
Bark River-Harris 86,
Superior Central 78 (OT)
At Eben, the Broncos scored 23 fourth-quarter points to force overtime, then outscored the Cougars 12-4 in the fifth period to finish the regular season at 12-7.
“I don’t think either team walked away feeling bad after this one,” Broncos’ coach Jim VanEnkevort said. “It was well played by both teams. The game had a real feel to it. They were hitting shots and we were hitting shots.”
Superior Central’s Wade Krysiak hit a 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 74-74.
Bark River’s Ben Schultz then drained a shot from about 70 feet away, but it was nullified because the Broncos had called a timeout.
Ryan Arndt just missed a final shot, sending the game into overtime.
In the extra session, Bark River received a big three-point play from Kadin Mustafa as the Broncos took control quickly.
They also made 6 of 9 free throws in the extra session.
Arndt had a huge night, erupting for a career-high 38 points.
“I thought everybody played pretty well, but he elevated his game tonight,” VanEnkevort said. “And that is what we needed. He was strong inside and outside for us.”
Bryson Groos chipped in with 12 points for the Broncos (12-7).
Joe Heinonen led the Cougars (10-10) with 24 points, followed by Beau Rondeau with 18, Levi Charlebois with 15 and Krysiak with 13.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee with contributions from the Escanaba Daily Press. Brownlee’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.