Marquette, MI – February 20, 2020 – After a dominating performance on Tuesday against Gladstone, the Negaunee Miners Boys Basketball team came up short Thursday on the road 61-54, against the Marquette Redmen. Jesse Anderson had the call from Marquette Senior High School on Sunny 101.9.
Marquette got the ball first, and after a one-minute possession with multiple breakdowns, John Thomson splashed a 3-pointer to give the Redmen an early 3-0 lead. Negaunee had an answer on the other end with a bucket from Chas Kumpala. It didn’t take long for Kameron Karp to get involved for Marquette, he scored four straight points to put Marquette in front 7-2. The Miners were in a scoring slump before Drew Lindberg’s tough shot to cut the deficit to 7-4. Both teams were playing tough defense in the middle of the first, but then started trading baskets. Karp and Drew Wyble scored for Marquette, Lindberg and Jakson Sager scored for Negaunee, and the Redmen led 13-8 in the final minute of the first quarter. After a Jason Waterman free throw, Karp made a tough pull-up 3-point shot in the final seconds. Marquette led Negaunee 16-9 after one quarter.
End of 1st: Marquette Redmen 16, Negaunee Miners 9
The second quarter appeared to be going Negaunee’s way after an and-one from Sager to cut the lead to 16-12. However, the Redmen countered with a huge 9-0 run, taking a 25-12 lead after baskets from Karp, Thomson and Lincoln Sager. Negaunee tried to come back, and they put a dent into Marquette’s lead with four points form Drew DuShane. There wasn’t a lot of offensive action in the quarter, but Marquette’s 9-0 was the difference. At halftime, the Redmen led the Miners 25-16. Karp led Marquette with 12 points, and Sager led Negaunee with five.
Halftime: Marquette Redmen 25, Negaunee Miners 16
Trailing by nine points, Negaunee needed stops, but they weren’t getting any. Thomson made two free throws to put Marquette up by double digits, and the lead would only grow. Everything was going right for the Redmen, and wrong for the Miners, that’s the way to describe a 20-point game. In the first four minutes of the third quarter, Marquette went on a 13-2 run to take a 38-18 lead. Negaunee hit desperation mode, and went into a full court trap to try and get back into the game. It started working for the Miners, as they went on an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to 38-26 with two minutes left in the third. Marquette held on to the double digit lead through the third quarter as both teams began trading baskets once more. After three quarters, the Redmen led 44-30.
End of 3rd: Marquette Redmen 44, Negaunee Miners 30
Sager made a layup for the Miners to cut it to 12 once again, but Marquette’s Ty Lotterman answered with a 3-point shot to extend the lead to 47-32. Negaunee was clawing to stay in this game, a layup from Will Luke made it 47-34 with five minutes left. The Redmen continued to have answers, and a Wyble 3-pointer upped the lead to 54-38. The Miners didn’t quit battling, and cut the score back to 10 points after trailing by as much as 20. Time was running out for Negaunee, and they couldn’t get it under 10 points. Every time that a defensive stop was crucially needed, Karp and Marquette scored a basket. Negaunee finally got the score into single digits, but they trailed 61-52 with under 30 seconds left. The Miners had a rough shooting night and defensive performance, resulting in a 61-54 loss to the Marquette Redmen. Karp led now 16-3 Marquette with 23 points in the victory. Negaunee is now 15-2 on the season, and they were led by Sager on the night with 13 points, and DuShane with 12.
Final Score: Marquette Redmen 61, Negaunee Miners 54
NEXT GAME: The Negaunee Miners Boys Basketball team will have six days away from competition before traveling to West Ishpeming on Wednesday, Feb. 26, to take on the Westwood Patriots! Jesse Anderson will have the call live from Westwood High School on Sunny 101.9. The Elder Agency Pregame Show is set for 7 p.m., with tip-off to follow at 7:15 p.m. Go Miners!