Manistique, MI – January 31, 2020 – This game wasn’t as easy for the Negaunee Miners Boys Basketball team as they had hoped, but in the end overcame a great effort from the Manistique Emeralds. The Miners held on for a 53-41 win, and are now 11-1 on the season. Jesse Anderson had the call from Manistique on Sunny 101.9.
Negaunee couldn’t get out of its own way early, and after a slow start from both squads, the game was tied 3-3. Schyler Andersen nailed a 3-pointer for the Emeralds, and they took a 6-3 lead. Manistique was giving the Miners a game early, and they continued to do so for more than just the opening quarter. Sammy Warren began to get it going for Manistique, he was making some tough shots. Drew Lindberg was pacing Negaunee, but they were trailing by two at the end of the first quarter.
End of 1st: Manistique Emeralds 11, Negaunee Miners 9
The Miners were struggling to consistently score in the first half, but Drew DuShane and Alex Munson were trying to extend the lead. The Emeralds weren’t going away, Warren continued to lead the charge. Jason Waterman was off in the first half, as he didn’t score while going went 0-9 from the field. Manistique was taking advantage behind Warren’s nine points, but the Miners captured a 20-19 lead.
Halftime: Negaunee Miners 20, Manistique Emeralds 19
Waterman got on the board in the third quarter with a 3-pointer, and the Miners led 23-21. Manistique wasn’t giving up, and they went on a big run to take a 32-27 lead from baskets by Warren and Joey Hoholik, Negaunee was in trouble. The Miners responded well, and they ended the third quarter on a 12-0 run. Waterman looked like his usual self, and Munson made a buzzer-beating jump shot to end the quarter. Negaunee had 20 points in the first two quarters, and had 19 points in the third. The Miners seized control and held a seven-point lead.
End of 3rd: Negaunee Miners 39, Manistique Emeralds 32
Manistique was trying to get back into the game, but the Miners dictated the game in the fourth quarter. Warren had an impressive 18-point game for Manistique, but Waterman alone had 14 of Negaunee’s 33 second half points. Negaunee wasn’t expecting a scare like this, but after a balanced scoring effort, the Miners won 53-41 over Manistique. Lindberg led the team with 16 points, Waterman had 14 and Munson along with Will Luke, both had eight.
Final Score: Negaunee Miners 53, Manistique Emeralds 41
NEXT GAME: The Negaunee Miners Boys Basketball will have a week off from competition before they return to its home court on Friday, Feb. 7 to host the Gwinn Modeltowners! The Negaunee 2000 MHSAA Class C Boys Basketball State Championship team will be honored that night as well! Jesse Anderson will have the call on Sunny 101.9 from Negaunee’s Lakeview Memorial Gymnasium. Go Miners!