Negaunee, MI – February 18, 2021 – The Negaunee Miners Boys Basketball team returned to the court after an overtime loss against Gladstone to host the Marquette Redmen! In a back-and-forth game, the Miners came up short in a 53-45 defeat. Mark Evans filled in for Jesse Anderson, and had the call live from Negaunee on Sunny 101.9.
Negaunee got off to a hot start, going up 7-0 early on the Redmen. Nick Jacobetti, Will Luke and Gerald Johnson scored on three trips for the Miners. Marquette’s offensive fire power showed up, and got the game back to 7-6 with back-to-back 3s from Justin Jermu and Ty Lotterman. Marquette took the lead for the first time and capped off an 8-0 run with a bucket from Jordan DeMay. Lincoln Sager scored for the Redmen in the final minute of the first to match an and-one from Johnson, and both teams were tied at 10.
End of 1st: Negaunee Miners 10, Marquette Redmen 10
Jermu and Connor Johnson hit 3’s for the Redmen to give them a 16-12 lead. Negaunee responded with an 8-0 run for a 20-16 advantage when Johnson, Mason Sager and Eli Luokkala scored for the Miners. Marquette came back to tie the game up at 22-22, but a big play from Jacobetti gave Negaunee the lead back with an and-one. He missed the free throw and Jermu capitalized with a 3-pointer on the other end. At halftime in a back-and-forth game, Marquette led 25-24.
Halftime: Marquette Redmen 25, Negaunee Miners 24
Axel Vermaat got the scoring start in the third quarter for the Redmen, extending the lead to 28-24. Both squads continued to battle, and Negaunee led 30-29 with a Luokkala bucket. 3-pointers fell for DeMay from Marquette and Luokkala from Negaunee, and a basket from Johnson had Negaunee up in front, 34-33. Kameron Karp surprisingly scored his first points of the game late in the third, and Marquette led 39-34 after a 6-0 run. The Miners made sure that this game wouldn’t get out of hand with a 3-pointer from Mason Sager and Luokkala buzzer beater to tie the game.
End of 3rd: Negaunee Miners 39, Marquette Redmen 39
Jermu continued his hot shooting night to begin the fourth quarter with a jumper to give the Redmen a 41-39 lead. Luokkala’s height continued to stand out among the rest of the players on the court, and his offensive rebounding led to two baskets for Negaunee. Marquette was in the bonus and began to shoot free throws the rest of the way, and led 45-43 after a couple of makes. Lincoln Sager knocked down two more free throws for the Redmen to make the score 47-43. His cousin Mason Sager splashed two free throws on the other end for the Miners to cut the deficit back down to two points. Down 47-45 with under two minutes left, Negaunee fouled Ty Lotterman while shooting and it was good for an and-one. The Miners couldn’t get back into it this time after responding to every Marquette run up to that point. The Redmen added a couple of points late, and that would do it. Negaunee battled one of the best U.P. teams in Marquette to the very end, but lost 53-45 on their home court.
Final Score: Marquette Redmen 53, Negaunee Miners 45
NEXT GAME: The Negaunee Miners Boys Basketball team is back in action on Monday, Feb. 22 when they travel to Gwinn to face the Modeltowners! Tune into Sunny 101.9 where Jesse Anderson will have the call beginning at 7 p.m. with the Elder Agency Pregame Show. Go Miners!