Negaunee, MI – February 12, 2021 – The Negaunee Miners Boys Basketball entered Friday night’s game against the Ishpeming Hematites with a record of 0-2. Negaunee left its home gym after Friday night’s game with a record of 1-2 after defeating Ishpeming, 55-36. It was a close game in the first half, but a big third quarter by the Miners put it away. Jesse Anderson had the call live from Negaunee on Sunny 101.9.
The Miners were looking for their win of the season, and they took a 3-0 lead early with an Eli Luokkala and-one. Gerald Johnson scored on the fast break shortly after to extend Negaunee’s advantage to 5-0. The Hematites battled back with the play of Griffin Argall and Hunter Smith, and trailed 9-7 in the final minutes of the opening quarter. Ishpeming’s Dawson Delongchamp and Negaunee’s Ethan Ihamaki traded baskets to end the first, with the Miners holding the lead, 11-9.
End of 1st: Negaunee Miners 11, Ishpeming Hematites 9
Ishpeming started the second quarter on a 4-0 run, and took a 13-11 lead for their first of the game. Hunter Haanpaa tied the game for the Miners with a basket, but an Argall 3-pointer put the Hematites back in front on the next possession. It was Negaunee’s turn to go on a run, and went from trailing 18-13 after another Hematites’ basket, to taking a 24-18 lead. On the final possession of the half, Logan Hurkmans was fouled on a 3-point attempt for Ishpeming. He went on to make one of the three free throws, and the Miners took a 24-19 lead into the locker room.
Halftime: Negaunee Miners 24, Ishpeming Hematites 19
Johnson and Will Luke were producing for Negaunee to start the second half, and their lead doubled from five up to 10. The Hematites’ offense started to sputter, and Negaunee took advantage. Luokkala sunk another pair of free throws, Mason Sager and Luke scored layups, and the Miners were up 41-23 with less than two minutes left in the third. Negaunee scored one more time in the final minute before Hurksman made a tough fadeaway shot to end the quarter for Ishpeming. However, this game looked to be nearly out of hand with a 43-25 Negaunee lead.
End of 3rd: Negaunee Miners 43, Ishpeming Hematites 25
The Miners looked to seal the deal in the fourth and they did just that. Sager converted a three-point play to extend the lead to 48-26, and Negaunee remained in front by around 15-20 points for the rest of the game. Gavin Jacobson made a free throw to give Negaunee 52-34, and then both teams made multiple substitutions. After losing their first two games, the Miners picked up their first victory with a 55-36 win over Ishpeming.
Final Score: Negaunee Miners 55, Ishpeming Hematites 36
NEXT GAME: The Negaunee Miners Boys Basketball team returns to action on Tuesday, Feb. 16 on the road against the Gladstone Braves! Jesse Anderson will have the call on Sunny 101.9, with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. with the Elder Agency Pregame Show, and the game to follow at 7:15 p.m. Go Miners!