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Westwood boys prevail, Manistique falls to Rapid River

ISHPEMING — A strong start wasn’t enough for the Gladstone boys here Tuesday night in a 69-51 basketball loss to the Westwood Patriots.

“I thought we played a real nice first quarter,” Braves’ coach Dane Quigley said. “We scored 22-23 points, which is right where we wanted to be, then we had trouble scoring from there. We were kind of sluggish in the second quarter. It was sloppy play on our part.”

Rane Castor led the Braves with 11 points and Caden Alworden hit nine in the Mid-Peninsula Conference contest.

Westwood improved to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the M-PC. The Braves are 3-4 overall and 3-2 in the league.

“I thought Westwood played with a lot of heart,” Quigley said. “They were more physical than us. They’re a real solid team. They’re real methodical.”

The Braves, who won the JV game, visit Kingsford Thursday.

Rapid River 57, Manistique 52

At Manistique, the visiting Rockets (4-2) trailed 13-11 after one quarter before putting some runs together to take a 28-25 lead.

“We were able to make a few runs, and it made it hard for them to catch up,” Rockets coach Mitch Hall said. “Our transition game was better in the first half. We also took good care of the ball in the second with only eight turnovers.”

The Rockets got big contributions on both sides of the ball from Mason Kudlick and Griffin Flath. Kudlick scored a career-high 28 points, while Flath was able to hold down Manistique’s Schyler Andersen.

“Mason shot and finished well at the basket,” Hall said. “Griffin Flath had a great defensive effort tonight against Andersen. Their team fights hard. I only had us down for a couple offensive boards.”

The Rockets were just barely able to hold off the Emeralds (1-7).

“Tough game for four quarters,” Hall said. “Especially late in the game with it close, I thought we played composed and made them have to foul us.”

Kudlick had four triples in his 28 points, while Tyler Sundling followed with 16 points.

Andersen led the Emeralds with 18 points.

Rapid River hosts Superior Central Friday, while Manistique visits Iron Mountain on Jan. 23.