The Negaunee Miners look to get out of the first round of districts as they battle with their conference rival Westwood. Wayne R. Johnson has your call here on Sunny 101.9 WKQS.
Gwinn, Michigan– Two minutes into the game and both teams are scoreless. Brock Weaver breaks open the scoring drought as he scores and gets fouled, putting the Miners up 3-0 with 5:44 left to play in the first quarter. Weaver scores again, as Negaunee takes a 5-0 lead. Westwood hits a pair of free throws, to cut the Miner lead to 5-4. Negaunee responds with a 3-pointer. With 3:24 left in the opening quarter, Negaunee leads 8-4. The Miners jump ahead to a 12-4 lead, prompting a Westwood timeout. Tanner Uren nails a 3-pointer, giving the Miners a double-digit lead; 17-6.
Negaunee: 17 Westwood: 8
Tanner Uren and the Miners score first in the second quarter to push the Negaunee lead to 11 points. Uren completes the 3-point play. Negaunee has taken a 14-point lead with just over six minutes left in the first half, as their defense continues to cause turnovers for the Patriots. Negaunee leads 24-8, midway through the second quarter, as they take a timeout to make substitutions. With 2:33 remaining in the second quarter, Negaunee leads Westwood 24-10. Negaunee heads to the free throw line in the final seconds of the first half, splitting a pair.
Negaunee: 28 Westwood: 12
The Miners score first in the third quarter, jumping out to a 30-12 lead, as they look to put the Patriots away. Tanner Uren scores as the Miners push their lead back to 17 points. Eric Lori gets a steal and basket on the following possession as Negaunee inches closer to making it a 20-point lead, midway through the third quarter. Tyler Jandron dishes to Weaver who scores while getting fouled. With three minutes left in the quarter, the Miners hold a 39-21 advantage. With 1:37 left in the third, Negaunee has built a 20-point lead.
Negaunee: 48 Westwood: 23
With five minutes left in the ball game the Miners are up 55-24 as both teams have cleared the benches. Negaunee leads 58-27 midway through the fourth quarter as they now set their sights on Gwinn for the District Championship game. Negaunee brings in more players off the bench, including players they’ve brought up from the junior varsity. With 2:03 remaining the Miners are cruising with a 25-point lead.
The Negaunee Miners use a strong defensive effort to cruise past the Patriots and earn a trip back to the District Championship.
Negaunee: 60 Westwood: 34
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