Prep Boys Basketball: Miners notch first victory

By Journal Sports Staff

NEGAUNEE — It took longer than it would’ve liked it to, but the Negaunee boys basketball team finally got its first win of the season.

The Miners (1-3) took down L’Anse 76-43 Monday night behind the combined efforts of Jason Waterman and Drew Lindberg, who finished with 25 points and 22 points respectively. Jakson Sager chipped in 10 points for Negaunee.

“I think we played really good basketball in the first half,” Miners head coach Dan Waterman said. “We put pressure on them and they turned it over for some easy baskets. I also though our offensive execution was outstanding all night long. It’s good to get a win.”

The Miners grabbed control early as they took a 27-7 lead into the second quarter and padded their advantage to 47-11 at the half. Things then continued to go Negaunee’s way the rest of the game.

Negaunee also won the JV game 61-22. The Miners play at Gwinn next Tuesday.

Westwood 61, Hancock 43

At Hancock, the Patriots used a balanced scoring attack to take down the Bulldogs.

Nathan Beckman led Westwood (4-1) with 17 points, while three other Patriots finished in double figures.

“We had great balance tonight,” Patriots head coach Chad Hewitt said. “We distributed the ball well and took good shots. Winning is winning and we’re always happy with that.”

The Patriots held a 13-6 advantage after the first quarter and then things started to flow for them in the second quarter as they outscored Hancock 20-9 in the frame to go into the half up 33-15. Westwood continued to pile on in the second half and cruised to its fourth win of the season.

Westwood also won the JV game 61-25. The Patriots host Kingsford Thursday.

Munising 99, Engadine 78

At Munising, the Mustangs got 38 points from Jesse Matson as they outlasted the Eagles for a big home win.

Anthony Mattson chipped in 18 points for Munising (3-1), while Josh Huotari had 13 and Eli Werner had 10. The Mustangs also out-rebounded Engadine 52-23 with Werner snatching down 14 boards.

“We played well,” Mustangs head coach Terry Kienitz said. “Engadine really forces you to play at a high speed and fortunately, we’re okay with that. Jesse and Anthony have really stepped up this season and took over the roles that we lost.”

Munising plays at Superior Central Wednesday.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg. His email address is rstieg@miningjournal.net.