ISHPEMING - The Negaunee boy's basketball team jumped out to an early lead that host Westwood was unable to recover from in a 60-29 win on Wednesday in Ishpeming.
"I was happy with how we competed," Miners' coach Mike O'Donnell said. "We got after it pretty well."
With the victory, Negaunee improves to 16-1 overall and 9-0 in the Mid-Peninsula Conference while Westwood falls to 6-9 and 4-6, respectively.
Negaunee High School senior Tyler Jandron, right, makes a layup as his teammate, Jay Lori looks on in a game against Westwood High School on Wednesday at WHS in Ishpeming Township. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)
The top-ranked Class ABC Miners hit 69.4 percent of their field goal attempts on the night, going up 43-14 on the Patriots by the end of the first half.
Negaunee, ranked No. 4 in Class C in the latest Michigan AP poll, was led by senior guard Tyler Jandron, who hit 11 of his 13 attempts from the field for 25 points.
"It was just a great all around performance from Tyler," O'Donnell said.
Negaunee 60, Westwood 29
Summary (field goals, free throws, total points)
NEGAUNEE - Streeter, 1-0-2; Radloff, 3-4-10; Lori, 5-0-10; Jandron, 11-1-25; Anderson, 0-2-2; Loy 1-0-2; Windahl, 2-0-5. Totals, 25-7-60.
WESTWOOD - Luke, 1-0-2; Gray, 1-1-3; L. Duquette, 1-2-4; A. Duquette, 1-1-4; Luttinen, 1-2-4; Burke, 1-0-2; Baggiore, 1-0-2; Abdul-Mujeeb, 1-0-2; LeRoy, 1-1-3. Totals, 10-8-29.
Score by quarters:
Negaunee 22 21 13 4 - 60
Westwood 9 5 5 10 - 29
FG shooting: Negaunee, 25 of 36 (69.4 percent); Westwood, 10 of 34 (26.3 percent); FT shooting: Negaunee, 7 of 9 (77.8 percent); Westwood, 8 of 12 (66.7 percent); Rebounding, Negaunee, 14 (leader unavailale); Westwood, 12 (Mitchell Messing, 3).
"He started out with his defense early and transitioned to his offensive game, got some transition baskets and then was able to knock down some jumpers."
Eric Lori and Zane Radloff also scored 10 points apiece, and Lori added eight assists.
Westwood coach Ryan Reichel said Wednesday's game was proof that Jandron and Lori are two of the best players in the U.P., hitting contested shots early in the game and maintaining pressure throughout.
"All of a sudden we're down 15 or 20 points, and it's hard to come back with guys like that controlling the game," Reichel said.
Both teams' benches saw some action on the court once the Miners' lead was established. The Patriots' bench chipped away at the Negaunee lead in the fourth quarter, bringing it down more than 10 points from its maximum of 42.
"They guys off the bench came and played their hearts out," Reichel said. "I wish it wasn't in that kind of situation, but they played well."