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Gwinn, Manistique, Munising post high school boys basketball wins

GWINN — Gwinn gave up a lead it had for the most of the first half before turning on the afterburners in the third quarter to take a 63-41 high school boys basketball victory over Calumet on Friday night.

The Modeltowners led 16-11 after one quarter and looked to expand that by halftime.

“We held a 26-18 lead late in second (quarter),” Gwinn head coach Ben Olsen said. “We turned it over on consecutive possessions and a 3(-pointer) was banked in at the buzzer and we only led 26-23 at the break.

“Calumet took the lead momentarily early in the third quarter before we finally figured it out.”

By the time quarter No. 3 was over, Gwinn had raced back to a 48-33 advantage.

“Reid Hill and James Harnick played well, and Jacob Harnick gave us a huge third quarter off the bench,” Olsen said. “Overall, (I’m) happy with the team effort; we just need to put together a whole game.”

HIll led all scorers with 21 points, making at least two baskets in each quarter. James Harnick added 13 points, seven coming in the final quarter, while Jacob Harnick scored all four of his points in the third.

Dryden Nelson led the Copper Kings with 20 points, nine coming in the third.

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Manistique 58, Ishpeming 48

At Ishpeming, senior Sammy Warren hit three 3-pointers and scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Emeralds.

Manistique raced to a 23-7 lead after one quarter only to watch the Hematites catch up in the second period, cutting their halftime deficit to 29-23.

But the Emeralds played even in the third, leading 43-37 entering the final period before the visitors extended the final margin to 10.

Junior Bryce Blixt and senior Wyatt Gierke added 10 points for Manistique, while senior Jayce Kipling led Ishpeming with 17 as junior teammate Griffin Argall had 16. The Hematites’ pair combined to make 11 of 14 free throws, too.

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Munising 57, Superior Central 30

At Munising, the Mustangs put together a decisive 18-3 run in the third quarter.

“Munising is a high-powered team and it’s no wonder they have been (scoring) up in the 70s for most of their early games,” SC coach Adam Ely said. “We did our best to hang with them but losing the third quarter 18-3 really hurt.”

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

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