The Negaunee Miners look to keep their playoff run alive as they battle Houghton in the Regional Final. Wayne R. Johnson has your call here on Sunny 101.9 WKQS.
Escanaba, Michigan– Two minutes into the game and both teams have yet to find the bottom of the net as the score is 0-0. Negaunee gets on the board first, as Eric Lori hits a layup to put the Miners up 2-0. Tyler Jandron hits a 3-pointer to extend the Negaunee lead to 5-0. Houghton gets a basket on the following possession to cut the Miner lead to 5-2. With 3:43 remaining in the first quarter, the Miners are up 8-2. Jandron gets a steal and the bucket to push the Negaunee lead to 10-5. The Miners get out in transition towards the end of the quarter to push their lead to double digits.
Negaunee: 17 Houghton: 5
Brock Weaver and the Miners score first in the second quarter, to take a 19-5. With 5:13 left in the second, Negaunee leads 21-5. With 3:14 left in the half, the Miners are up 23-8 and are in the bonus for the remainder of the quarter. With 1:45 left in the second quarter, Negaunee holds a 15 point advantage. The Miners continue to build their lead as they look to add some cushion between themselves and the Gremlins for the second half.
Negaunee: 25 Houghton: 8
With 6:53 left in third quarter, the Miners are still up 17 points, as both teams have traded buckets leaving the score at 27-10. Weaver scores his sixth point to push the Miners lead back to 19 points. Midway through the third, Negaunee leads 33-14. The Miners have opened up a 42-14 lead as Houghton calls a timeout with 2:02 to play in the quarter. The Miners are up 44-16 with just over a minute remaining in the third quarter. The Miners defense is stifling the Gremlins offense, as Houghton struggles to get into a rhythm. Lori drains a 3-pointer at the buzzer as Negaunee appears to be on cruise control heading into the fourth quarter.
Negaunee: 49 Houghton: 18
Negaunee scores first in the fourth quarter as they have started to bring some players in from the second unit with 6:30 left in the game. The Miners have cleared the bench as they are minutes away from wrapping up their third straight Regional title. With 4:44 left in the game, the Miners are ahead 54-22. Negaunee’s subs have kept the pressure up as they have pushed their lead to 58-22.
The Miners use a strong defensive effort in the second quarter, holding Houghton to three points, as they cruise to a victory and a third consecutive Regional Championship.
Negaunee: 60 Houghton: 22
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