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Gwinn boys top Hancock, Republic falls to LL-H

GWINN — The Gwinn varsity boys basketball team earned its third victory of the season on Tuesday night with a 66-52 home win over Hancock.

James Harnick had nearly half of the Modeltowners’ points, going off for 13 field goals and adding four free throws for a total of 32 points on the night. Reid Hill chipped in with 16.

It was Gwinn’s tight defensive pressure that gave head coach Jim Finkbeiner’s team a 24-10 lead after one quarter.

“We had a really good start,” Finkbeiner said. “We were able to play from the lead. The defensive pressure ramped up and that allowed us to get the lead in the first quarter.

“I thought Reid (Hill) played well on the inside which opened up lanes for our guards to get some open looks. James (Harnick) played strong going to the basket and he was also a big force in rebound. He had plenty of tip-ins.

“The pressure was good and our kids gave a lot of effort. Hancock likes to get up and down the floor a lot and we did a good job getting back and turning up the pressure.”

The Modeltowners (3-10) were able to expand on that lead at halftime, outscoring the Bulldogs (1-12) 12-8 to take a 36-18 lead into the locker room.

Hancock had a significantly better second half, nearly doubling its point total from the first half with 34 second half points, but was unable to mount a comeback.

The Modeltowners finished with 27 successful field goals and went 10 of 22 at the free throw line.

Gwinn hosts UPSSA No. 1 Iron Mountain (13-0) on Friday.

Lake Linden-Hubbell 67, Republic-Michigamme 43

At Republic, the Hawks fell behind early and couldn’t close the gap in the second half against the Lakes. Eli Luokkala and Kolin Conklin both had 12 points for R-M, while LL-H’s Caleb Gregoire led all scorers with 19 points.

The Lakes led by eight points after the first quarter and held a 34-16 advantage at the half. LL-H stayed comfortably ahead at 52-24 after the third and cruised the rest of the way.

The Hawks travel to Baraga Friday.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writers Ryan Stieg and Ryan Spitza. Their email address is sports@miningjournal.net.