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Westwood boys defeat Gwinn, Munising improves to 16-1

ISHPEMING — The Westwood High School varsity boys basketball team collected its 10th win of the season on Tuesday night, topping Gwinn 54-35 at home.

The Patriots built up a 29-18 lead at halftime and limited the Modeltowners to five points in the fourth quarter, pulling away and improving to 10-6 on the year.

Westwood was led by sophomore Zachary Carlson with 17 points, while senior Ty Alderton also reached double figures with 11.

It was the second straight defeat for the Modeltowners, who fell to 3-12. Gwinn was led by junior James Harnick with 13 points while junior teammate Reid Hill chipped in 10.

“It was a close game throughout the first three quarters and we were only down 38-30 at the end of three,” Gwinn head coach Jim Finkbeiner said. “But we couldn’t buy a basket in the fourth quarter and eventually, Westwood was able to lengthen its lead with good free throw shooting to pull away.”

Westwood held a narrow 13-12 lead after one quarter and expanded that into 11 points by halftime.

Westwood hosts Calumet (4-9) on Thursday before the Modeltowners make the trip to the Keweenaw Peninsula to face the Copper Kings on Friday.

Menominee 69, Ishpeming 50

At Ishpeming, the Maroons used a big second quarter to push passed the Hematites and have now won five of their last six games tor reach the .500 mark.

Menominee led 14-9 after one quarter and 21 points in the second allowed them to go up 35-19 at the break.

Ishpeming (5-10) was unable to recover from that hole as the Maroons kept pace for the remainder of the evening.

Aidan Bellisle led Menominee with 12 points, while Keegan Monroe had 11.

The Hematites were fueled by Jayce Kipling who went off for 17 points with Jacob Kugler adding 15 and Breck Bell 13.

Menominee was 4 of 7 at the free throw line to Ishpeming’s 7 of 10.

Ishpeming visits Manistique (2-15) on Friday.

Munising 60, Rapid River 38

At Munising, the Mustangs broke into the UPSSA Divisions 1-3 poll this week and for good reason. Entering the rankings at No. 5, Munising bumped its win streak to eight games and is now 16-1 on the season.

The Mustangs made easy work of the Rockets (9-6) after a much closer contest between the two back on Jan. 8, a 54-50 scoreline in favor of Munising.

This time around, the Mustangs limited RR to two points in the opening quarter to go up 13-2 after eight minutes. Munising took a 10-point lead into halftime at 28-18 and managed to outscore the Rockets 32-20 over the final two quarters.

Senior Josh Huotari finished with 22 points for the Mustangs, while fellow senior Jesse Duran had 16. Tyler Sundling led Rapid River with 17.

Munising visits Division 4 No. 5 North Central (11-4) on Tuesday.

Negaunee 75, Gladstone 43

At Negaunee, the No. 2-ranked Miners earned their fifth straight victory over the Braves (8-8) to move to 15-1 on the season. No information was provided.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Spitza. Email him at sports@miningjournal.net.

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