Free throws, especially by Ogea, prove cost effective for Redmen against Westwood

ISHPEMING – The name says it all – they’re free throws.

Marquette junior guard Ian Ogea knew they wouldn’t cost him anything to make them, so he sank all eight of he tried in the fourth quarter to help the Redmen hold off Westwood 60-49 in boys basketball action Monday night at the Patriots’ gym.

MSHS (9-8) entered the fourth quarter with a 38-33 lead, something that didn’t change much for the first half of the quarter.

“It was a four-point game with about three minutes to go,” Westwood coach Chad Hewitt said. “Then they got the ball into Ogea’s hands and he made his free throws.”

It spoiled a nice comeback effort by Patriots senior center Ryan Stanaway, who sat out most of the first quarter and just about all the second period with foul trouble.

Despite that, he finished with team highs of 16 points and five rebounds.

“I think he had 16-5 in the second half,” said Hewitt, who also lauded his senior point guard Luke Gray for not only scoring 15 points but holding his team’s offense together.

“He’s just our glue,” the coach said.

Ogea finished with a game-high 18 points, including 10 made free throws. He helped MSHS wield a substantial advantage at the stripe, making 17 of 23 (74 percent) to just 11 of 23 (48 percent) for Westwood (7-12).

Senior guards Jesse Elsenbroek added 13 points and Luke Pap 11 to the Marquette cause.

The Redmen return to action at 7:45 p.m. today with a home game against Gwinn, while Westwood is at L’Anse on Thursday.

MSHS also won the JV game, 51-45.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is