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Mastin Love leads Gwinn Modeltowners, Zach Carlson paces Westwood Patriots in Thursday victories

IRON RIVER — The hot hand of Mastin Love helped the Gwinn boys basketball team outlast West Iron County for a 55-52 win Thursday night.

Love led the Modeltowners with 17 points as head coach Ben Olsen said he missed only one shot that night. James Harnick chipped in 16 points for Gwinn.

WIC led 15-13 after the first quarter, but the Modeltowners held a 32-29 advantage at halftime. The Wykons answered back in the third, taking a 42-40 lead into the fourth, but Gwinn rallied down the stretch.

“It was close all game,” Olsen said. “I think they had the biggest lead of six (points) late in the third quarter. It was a bit of a controversial ending as we fouled (Justin) Nelson on a 3-point attempt as time expired, but it was ruled after the shot and the game ended without foul shots since the double bonus wouldn’t have tied the score.

“James played well and Caleb Stieler and Tristan Jancsi did a decent job on Nelson.”

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Westwood 50, Houghton 30

At Ishpeming, the Patriots used a balanced attack and pulled away in the third quarter. Zach Carlson led Westwood with 11 points.

The game was reasonably close in the first quarter with the Patriots holding an 18-10 lead going into the second. However, Westwood held Houghton to just five points in the next quarter to take a 31-15 advantage into the half.

Then in the third, the Patriots outscored the Gremlins 13-3 to pretty much wrap it up.

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Bark River-Harris 64, Superior Central 24

At Harris, the Cougars’ Parker Maki led all scorers with 16 points, but got little help as the Broncos had their way from the start.

“It snowballed for us right from the start,” SC head coach Adam Ely said. “Bark River is an impressive team and their passing I think is what impressed me the most.

“They are a big, physical team and we just aren’t equipped to play a football game on a basketball court. It was overly physical right from the start.”

Maki was a perfect 7 of 7 from the free throw line as teammate Kyle Frusti provided all the rest of the Cougars’ offense with eight points, all coming in the third quarter.

BR-H jumped out to 14-2 lead after one, extending it to 37-7 by halftime.

Joey Stein led the Broncos with 13 points, nine coming in the first quarter.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg and Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. Email them at sports@miningjournal.net.

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