Horrific 3rd quarter dooms Gwinn boys

By Journal Sports Staff

GWINN — For three quarters of its game against Calumet, the Gwinn boys basketball team played quite well.

The third quarter was a different story, though. Up by three points at the half, the Modeltowners were outscored 23-4 in third and fell to the Copper Kings 66-49. Austin Forbes led Gwinn with 23 points, while Tucker Taylor had 16. Calumet’s Matt Ojala led all scorers with 26 points.

“We had the lead at halftime, but that third quarter was really tough,” Modeltowners head coach Jim Finkbeiner said. “That’s what cost us. They got the lead back and we had a tough time getting it back down to 10 points.

“We came back early in the fourth and made a run to get it back down to seven or eight points, but it was too much.

“It was a good game and a good battle and I thought we played tough, but we just weren’t consistent.”

Calumet led 19-14 after the first quarter, but Gwinn came back in the second, holding the Copper Kings to just eight points and took a 30-27 advantage into the half.

However, once the game entered the third quarter, things slid downhill for the Modeltowners as they trailed 50-34 heading into the fourth.

The Copper Kings also won the JV game 43-40.

Gwinn plays at Manistique this afternoon for a boys-girls doubleheader.

Dollar Bay 68,

Republic-Michigamme 37

At Republic, the Bays raced out to a 37-10 halftime lead to coast from there.

R-M’s Eli Luokkala kept the game from getting out of hand, scoring 13 of his team-high 15 points in the second half. Teammate Jake Carlson added 10, eight coming after halftime. Each of those players sank a pair of 3-pointers.

DB’s Ashton Janke led all scorers with 20 points, while teammate Davin Hill added 16 and Connor LeClaire 12. Each of those players scored a majority of their points in the first half.

The Hawks, who won the JV game 44-37, play a nonconference game at North Dickinson on Tuesday.

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