Zach Carlson, Zach Beckman pace Westwood boys basketball team for 2nd time in 3 days over Ishpeming
ISHPEMING — Zach Carlson scored 19 points and teammate Zach Beckman added 12 as Westwood felled Ishpeming 48-37 in a high school boys basketball game played at the Hematites gym on Saturday afternoon.
It came just two days after the teams tangled in an overtime thriller also won by the Patriots, 68-64, in the Westwood gym.
The two Zachs combined for 61 points in that game.
On Saturday, the Patriots raced to leads of 14-3 after one quarter and 32-15 at halftime. The pace slowed a bit in the third period, though Westwood still held onto a 38-24 lead entering the final quarter.
Logan Hurkmans paced the Hematites with 10 points.
Gwinn 46, Superior Central 35
At Eben Junction on Friday, Adam Ely didn’t need espionage to know what his opposition could do. That’s because the first-year Cougars coach was a coach in Gwinn for several years.
But the Modeltowners still proved too strong despite each team knocking down 14 field goals.
“(This was an) ugly game,” said Gwinn head coach Ben Olsen, who is also in his first year with the Modeltowner boys.
“Lots of credit to Coach Ely and the Cougars. He coached pretty much all our kids in Gwinn over the past four years before taking the job in (Superior Central) and had a great game plan to attack us.
“We are just happy to get out with a ‘W.’ We have lots to work on, though.”
The Cougars’ Kyle Frusti led all scorers with 18 points as teammate Zach Frusti added nine, all on a trio of 3-pointers.
James Harnick paced the Modeltowners with 13 points, making 5 of 6 free throws, while Mastin Love added nine points and Carl Peterson eight.
Free throws made a big difference as Gwinn made 13 of 22 while SC only was 4 of 9. In addition, Gwinn hit on five triples to three for the Cougars as Harnick and Peterson each sank two.
Gwinn didn’t establish a firm lead until the third quarter after the Modeltowners led 10-8 after one quarter and 18-17 at halftime. But a 11-point edge in the third made it 36-24 after three periods.
Republic-Michigamme 63, Mid Peninsula 26
At St. Nicholas on Friday, Logan Hanninen pumped in 22 points, getting all of them in just the first three quarters to lead the Hawks.
That included 10 points in the second quarter, when R-M busted the game open, turning a modest 12-5 lead after one period into a 32-7 halftime advantage.
The Hawks continued pouring it on in the third quarter, going up 47-18 entering the final eight minutes.
Derek Koski added 12 points to the winning cause, while teammate Gabe Dupont had 11.
The Wolverines won the JV game 49-26.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is email@example.com.