Gladstone, MI – December 13, 2021 – The Negaunee Miners Boys Basketball team went on the road and brought its defense with them in a 35-22 victory over the Gladstone Braves! The Miners are now 2-1 on the young season after consecutive road wins. Carl Leander Johnson had the call live from Gladstone on Sunny 101.9.
Negaunee got off to a hot start with a basket from Gavin Downey to break the scoring open. Gavin’s cousin Caden Downey of Gladstone responded on the next trip with a 3-pointer to put the Braves in front just like that. The Miners’ defense traveled on the bus with them down to Gladstone apparently, only holding Gladstone to a free throw for the remainder of the quarter. Gerald Johnson made his season debut for Negaunee, and scored five straight points to put Negaunee in front. It was an offensive struggle for both teams in the first, and the Miners held a 7-4 lead.
End of 1st: Negaunee Miners 7, Gladstone Braves 4
Gladstone’s offensive woes bled into the second quarter, but Negaunee started to get on the right track. Ty Jacobson and Brody Bell started to get things going, including six straight points from Bell, and the Miners suddenly built up a double digit lead. The Braves finally got on the board in the second quarter with only 45 seconds left in the half off of a 3-pointer from Kaden Gibbs. The Miners got a free throw from Jace Turri
just before halftime to take a 20-7 lead into the break.
Halftime: Negaunee Miners 20, Gladstone Braves 7
Both squads were having troubles in the third quarter, but the huge second quarter from the Miners was proving to be the difference. With less than two minutes left in the quarter, Negaunee led 24-10 after a bucket from Jacobson. A free throw from Gibbs gave him all of Gladstone’s last seven points dating back to the beginning of the second quarter. Mason Sager knocked down one of two free throws in the final seconds of the third, making the score 25-11 in favor of the Miners.
End of 3rd: Negaunee Miners 25, Gladstone Braves 11
After three quarters, Gladstone’s offense began to click. Downey, Gibbs and Elliot Vitito all scored for the Braves, but a Johnson 3-pointer in between had the Miners in front by 10 with six minutes left. Vitito had a solid fourth quarter for the Braves, but Johnson answered the bell with some big buckets. The Miners’ suffocating defense didn’t give Gladstone any easy points, and ultimately guided Negaunee to a decisive
Final Score: Negaunee Miners 35,Gladstone Braves 22
NEXT GAME: The Negaunee Miners Boys Basketball team’s next broadcasted game will on be Tuesday, Dec. 21 in a home match-up with the Manistique Emeralds! Carl Leander Johnson will have the call from Lakeview Memorial Gymnasium on Sunny 101.9, beginning with The Elder Agency Pregame Show around 5:45 p.m., and tip-off to follow at 6 p.m. Go Miners!