Superior Central, Munising boys basketball teams win
EBEN — The Superior Central boys survived major foul trouble at home Monday night as they hung on for a 47-43 basketball triumph over Republic-Michigamme.
The Cougars led 25-15 at halftime and 28-27 after the third quarter of this nonconference contest.
“We were real patient on offense,” Cougars coach Harry Robbins said. “They came out in a full-court press, but we’ve been trying to cut down on turnovers and tried to control the pace of the game.
“At the start of the fourth quarter, we had five players with four fouls and they were in the double bonus. The kids did a good job in that only one fouled out.”
Parker Maki tossed in 24 points and Kyle Frusti added 10 for the Cougars (2-7), who travel to Stephenson Friday.
Kolin Conklin and Logan Hanninen led R-M scorers with 14 points apiece, while teammate Eli Luokkala added 11. The Hawks (0-7) visit Ewen-Trout Creek tonight.
“We were real disciplined,” Robbins said. “The kids who came off the bench did a great job in knowing their roles. I think the kids are realizing what varsity basketball is all about.”
Munising 64, Carney-Nadeau 54
A Munising, a defensive switch allowed the home Mustangs to stifle Carney-Nadeau.
“They played well,” C-N coach Paul Polfus said. “They switched (defenses) from a man-to-man to a zone and we got impatient. We didn’t create enough opportunities for ourselves.
“We have to make sure we maintain our composure for four quarters.”
The Wolves led 34-30 at halftime, but Munising grabbed a 47-42 advantage after the third quarter of this Skyline Central Conference matchup.
Beau Koffman scored 19 points and Brett LaFord had 15 for the Wolves, who drained 14 3-point shots. Max Baumler collected four of the Wolves’ 12 steals.
Josh Huotari paced the Mustangs with 26 points as Sam Brown added 11.
“(Huotari) did a nice job in transition,” Polfus said. “I thought we shot pretty well. We had our chances in the fourth quarter.”
Munising (10-1 overall, 4-1 SCC) held a 35-29 rebounding advantage and hit 22 of 56 field goals. The Wolves (5-5 overall, 3-4 league) were 24 of 53 from the floor and had 11 turnovers.
The Mustangs, who also won the JV game by 10 points, though no final score was available, host Engadine on Monday. C-N entertains Superior Central next Tuesday.