Marquette, MI – February 17th, 2022 – The Negaunee Miners hit the road to take on the Marquette Redmen. They lose 68-47 as the Redmen complete the season sweep on the Miners for the season and fall to 12-6. Carl Leander Johnson had the call live on Sunny 101.9!
1st Quarter: Negaunee Miners win the Jon’s Auto opening tip off, with the ball finding its way to Ty Jacobson’s hands. Brody Bell drives with the ball and get a shooting foul called, going 2/2 at the line. Redmen David Eberhard equalizes the score by driving into the paint making a contested layup. Marquette takes their first lead of the night from a steal by Jonas Bicik, feeding the ball to Jordan DeMay for the fast break layup.
Marquette would eventually get on a 9-0 run before being broken up by Bell’s 1/2 free throws with 3:06 left in the first quarter. Marquette’ season leading scorer Bicik would continue the Redmen attack by driving into the lane for a made layup and a foul. Redmen DeMay extends the lead to 14-3 after hitting a 3-point shot. Marquette again hits a corner 3-pointer to go up by 14 points. Negaunee’s Mason Sager took matters to his own hands by hitting his own 3-pointer and stealing the ball, drawing a foul and making 2/2 free throws on the bonus. Under 20 seconds to go, Bicik scores again driving to the lane for a layup. Marquette’s offense proved to be too much in the first quarter as Negaunee looks to make a game plan change for the second quarter.
End of 1st: Negaunee 8, Marquette 21
2nd Quarter: Negaunee opens the second quarter in the bonus. After a Bicik foul, Bell sinks both free throws to cut the lead down to 11 points. Marquette still show the same offensive dominance by scoring a field goal and 3-pointer to take their lead up to 16. Negaunee’s Gerald Johnson tries to spark an offensive run by hitting a tough jump shot and then getting a 3-pointer of his own on the next possession.
With 5:26 minutes to go in the first half, Marquette would yet to slow down on offense as they would grow their lead to 31-15. Gavin Downey cuts the Redmen lead down to 13 after hitting a corner 3-pointer, with Negaunee gasping for an offensive run to try to claw their way back into this game. Sager and Bell both hit 2/2 bonus free throws to cut the Redmen lead to 11 points, Negaunee now in the double bonus for the remainder of the first half. Much like the first quarter, Marquette’s offense would have an answer to every Negaunee attack, never giving the Miners any room for an impactful run. Negaunee would end the half with a 16-point deficit and looking to get something going in the 3rd quarter.
End of 2nd: Negaunee 23, Marquette 39
3rd Quarter: The Miners open the third quarter on an optimistic note by forcing a quick turnover and drawing a shooting foul on the other end, Sager making both free throws. After a few missed offensive opportunities for both teams, Johnson gets Negaunee thinking about a comeback by sinking a 3-pointer, shrinking the lead to 11 points.
Marquette would again answer the burst of scoring from the Miners by scoring two field goals and keeping their lead at 15 points. The intensity increased when T. Jacobson scores a 3-pointer following with Johnson stealing the ball on the ensuing possession to give Sager a contested layup, getting Negaunee within 8 points. With 2:07 left in the 3rd quarter and Marquette up 48-37, Sager drives into the lane drawing a shooting foul, making 1/2. Marquette’s Bicik would again put a wrench into Negaunee’s plan by sinking a 3-pointer, going up 13 points.
End of 3rd: Negaunee 38, Marquette 51
4th Quarter: At the start of the last quarter, Bell drains a 3-pointer to get the Miners to within 10 points. After a Marquette layup, Sager drives the lane on Bicik, making the shot and drawing a foul for the 3 point play, 44-53. Negaunee’s Gavin Jacobson get his night started with under 5 minutes to play sinking a jump shot and keeping the deficit at 10 points. Negaunee had ample opportunities to get back in the game with a slew of Marquette turnovers and missed shots, but could not make anything happen on offense. Bell and Sager would both have missed open layups.
Under 3 minutes to play, Marquette would start up their offense again and extend their lead back up to 14 points. With time winding down, Marquette would control the game by playing good defense and making their bonus free throws. The game would end with a season sweep and a sour note for the Negaunee Miners.
End of Game: Negaunee 47, Marquette 68
Next Game: The Negaunee Miners take a 2 week break as they host the Calumet Copper Kings Tuesday, March 1st with a scheduled tip off time at 7:15PM. Carl Leander Johnson will have the call live on Sunny 101.9!