Calumet, MI – January 13, 2020 – Another trip to the Copper Country meant another victory for the Negaunee Miners Boys Basketball team on Monday, when they defeated the Calumet Copper Kings 58-34 to stay perfect on the season. Jesse Anderson had the call from Calumet between the Miners and Copper Kings on Sunny 101.9.
It was a start to forget for both teams in this game, as the score remained 0-0 for the first four minutes. Jason Waterman put the Miners on the board first with a basket, and a 3-pointer from Drew Lindberg on the next possession gave them a 5-0 edge. The Copper Kings battled in the first quarter, as they scored one minute later to make it 5-3. Negaunee elevated its play over the duration of the opening quarter, and took an 11-5 lead inside of one minute left after a floater from Waterman. Calumet added a free throw from Eli McParlan, and the Miners led 11-6 at the end of the first quarter.
End of 1st: Negaunee Miners 11, Calumet Copper Kings 6
Through a sluggish start from both squads, the Miners roared ahead behind a big second quarter. In the blink of an eye, the Miners went on a 10-0 run to take a 21-6 led by the scoring from Lindberg and Chas Kumpala. With Waterman on the bench with foul trouble, Negaunee didn’t flinch and extended the lead to 27-6. The Copper Kings finally scored its first points of the quarter with under three minutes remaining after the Miners scored the first 16. Led by McParlan and Trevor Torola, Calumet scored the final six points of the half, but still trailed 27-12.
Halftime: Negaunee Miners 27, Calumet Copper Kings 12
Like the first quarter, the third quarter was off to a slow start for both teams, but Negaunee held a comfortable 29-14 lead. The deja vu continued as Negaunee once again went on a big run, and took a 35-16 lead after a bucket from Alex Munson. The Miners continued to extend the lead, and after a basket from Jakson Sager and buzzer beater from Lindberg, they led 42-16.
End of 3rd: Negaunee Miners 42, Calumet Copper Kings 16
Calumet had a much better quarter offensively in the fourth, but the deficit remained too much. Will Luke had a nice showing for the Miners off of the bench in the final quarter, splashing two 3-pointers for six points. After a shaky start, the Miners flipped the switch and rolled Calumet on the road with a 58-34 win.
Final Score: Negaunee Miners 58, Calumet Copper Kings 34
NEXT GAME: The Negaunee Miners Boys Basketball team returns to the court on Wednesday, Jan. 15 when they host the Ishpeming Hematites inside of Lakeview Memorial Gymnasium! Jesse Anderson will be live from Negaunee for this rivalry match-up on Sunny 101.9, with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. Go Miners!