Munising boys pull away late from Manistique

MUNISING — A lack of long-range shooting kept scoring down, but Munising still had enough to keep its record perfect after a 52-34 victory over visiting Manistique in high school boys basketball action on Monday.

Just five players for the 7-0 Mustangs scored, but four of them reached double figures — Cade Contreras had 16 points, Anthony Mattson 13, Alec Blank 11 and Jesse Matson 10. Blank also pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.

Manistique was paced by Darien Nichols with 12 points as teammate Nolan Armock added eight points and a team-high six rebounds.

Mustangs coach Terry Kienitz noted that his team made just 1 of 18 shots from 3-point range while the Emeralds struggled even more, going 0 of 14 there.

“Finally late in the third quarter we started to move away from them,” he said. “In the second half, we didn’t just settle for the 3s as much, we started attacking the basket more.

“And it was our transition game that helped us the most. We forced some turnovers and got some easy baskets that way.”

Munising led 13-8 after one quarter, extending it to 26-18 by halftime and then 41-30 by the end of the third quarter.

Jeffers 77, Republic-Michigamme 58

At Republic, the Jets had too much firepower as both teams bombed in the 3s.

Jeffers sank 11 of them and led by Carson Turner, who scored a game-high 23 points by making six triples. Teammate Jaden Wood added 22 points after he hit six 3-pointers and made all seven of his free-throw attempts.

The Hawks countered with Dylan Hanninen, who sank four treys, went 6 for 6 at the line and scored 22 points.

Hanninen had 14 of his points, including all of his free throws, in a high-scoring second quarter when Jeffers held a 24-21 scoring edge to take a 42-34 halftime lead.

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