Iron River, MI – Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 – The Negaunee Miners faced the West Iron County Wykons Tuesday night where they took their first loss of the season by a score of 53-42. Jesse Anderson was in Iron River to bring all of the live action to 101.9 SunnyFM.
West Iron County controlled the tip to begin the game, and they scored on the opening possession. Both teams would trade baskets for the first few minutes, and Negaunee led by one halfway through the first. The Wykons found their bigs in foul trouble early, but nonetheless fought hard against the undefeated Miners. The opening quarter was a great battle between two good teams and Negaunee took a 12-11 lead into the second quarter. The defense picked up for the Wykons in the second quarter, as Negaunee had a hard time scoring. The Miners switched to a full court press rather than their normal man-to-man look. Negaunee struggled to capitalize off of the Wykons’ half court turnovers, and found themselves trailing by four points. Negaunee would only score three points in the second quarter, as the Wykons’ impressive defense helped them build up a six point, 21-15 halftime lead.
The second half began with a slow offensive start for both squads, as Negaunee and West Iron County brought their defensive grit from the first half. The Wykons would strike first, as they scored the first five points of the quarter and expanded their lead to double digits. The Miners continued to struggle offensively in the second half, as they quickly found themselves trailing by 14 points halfway through the third. Negaunee scored their first points of the period with over halfway through the third with a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 12. West Iron County continued to click on offense as they had since the start of the second quarter. The Miners continued to be resilient but the Wykons accepted the challenge by trading baskets throughout the rest of the third quarter. A three point shot by the Wykons at the
buzzer brought their lead to 40-26 heading into the fourth. The Miners started off the fourth quarter strong as they scored five straight points to cut the lead back to nine. The teams continued to trade baskets and shooting fouls, and the lead would remain nine points for West Iron County with five minutes to play. The Miners continued to bring full court pressure, but the Wykons kept doing an exceptional job of breaking the press. Negaunee put together a better result offensively, as they began to get in a groove. West Iron County kept responding however, as they were now up by 10, now playing the foul game in the last few minutes. Negaunee kept fighting, but their cold stretch in the second quarter and start of the third was too costly. The Wykons would hand the Miners their first loss of the season by a score of 53-42.
The Negaunee Miners’ next game is on Tuesday, January 15th, 2018, against the Gwinn Modeltowners in Gwinn at 7:15 pm. Join Jesse Anderson for all of the can’t-miss action! The pre-game show will start around 6:45 pm and tip off will follow at 7:15 pm on Sunny.FM. Also, shout-out to Negaunee’s Alyssa Hill, MI Internet’s Player of the Game. Great job!