Darr stars for Redmen in win over Kingsford

Marquette's Liam Darr sinks the first of five successive 3-pointers in the first quarter of the Redmen's high school boys basketball game against Kingsford at the Barb Crill Gymnasium in Marquette on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. (Photo courtesy Daryl T. Jarvinen)

By Journal Sports Staff

MARQUETTE — Probably the smallest player on the floor, senior guard Liam Darr showed up huge for the Marquette Senior High School boys basketball team on Friday night.

Playing the first game of a boys-girls varsity doubleheader at the Barb Crill Gymnasium against Kingsford, the 5-foot-5 Darr sank five 3-pointers in the first quarter to lead his Redmen to a fast start and 82-58 victory over the Flivvers.

Darr made just one more basket — what must have looked like an unimpressive 2-pointer in the fourth quarter — but he still led all scorers with 17 points.

Nevertheless, he led the Upper Peninsula’s No. 2 team in Divisions 1-3 to a quick 30-9 start after one quarter while playing Kingsford just about even the rest of the way.

Marquette added one more point to its lead to go up 48-26 at halftime before giving that point back and staying ahead 60-39 after three quarters.

MSHS senior guard-forward Raffy Millado added 13 points while junior Luke Ogea scored 12. Unlike Darr, all of their points came on 2-point baskets along with several free throws by Millado.

Seven other Redmen also scored, led by junior Drew Wyble with nine and senior Marius Grazulis with seven.

Kingsford, which sank four 3-pointers as a team in the second quarter, was led offensively by a trio of seniors — Tyler Beauchamp scored 16 points as senior Cole Galeazzi had 15 and senior Luke Terrian 11.

Westwood 62, Manistique 48

At Ishpeming, the Patriots spread out their scoring with three players scoring between 14 and 16 points.

Ty Alderton led the way with 16 points, 12 coming in the first half, while teammate Taylor Dellangelo added 15, 10 in the first half, and Nathan Beckman had 14. Dellangelo also had a team-high four assists.

Kanton Lauzon paced the Emeralds with 17 points, 12 in the second half, while teammate Wyatt Gierke added 12, including going 6 of 6 at the free throw line.

Both teams shot free throws well, Manistique making 16 of 20 and Westwood 16 of 22.

The Patriots jumped out to a 16-9 lead after one quarter, increasing it to 35-20 by halftime. They continued to pour it on in the third quarter to take a 49-30 bulge into the final period.

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