Negaunee, MI – January 25, 2022 – Negaunee Boys Basketball took a tough loss at home at the hands of Iron Mountain 35-65. Carl Leander Johnson had the call live on Sunny 101.9.
1st Quarter: Gerald Torres of the Mountaineers was first to strike in this match up as he got a bucket giving his team the quick lead. They would only remain up 2-0 for so long as Negaunee would answer with a bucket of their own. Torres struck yet again when he hit a three from downtown. Iron Mountain continued their strong opening quarter with another two point bucket and quickly snagging a 7-2 lead. Jace Turri found his way to the free throw line, he would go 1/2 during his trip. Gavin Jacobson would cut the deficit when he got a shot of his own to go. Jacobson would continue to make an impact when he stole the ball, the ball would find it’s way to Gerald Johnson who would get the shot to go, the Miners trailed 10-11. Ian Marttila would get called for a moving screen but it didn’t matter as the Mountaineers eventually would get a bucket the next possession. To end the first quarter of play Gavin Jacobson would go 2/2 from the charity stripe.
End of 1st Quarter: Negaunee 12, Iron Mountain 13
Second Quarter: Brody Bell would steal the ball but on his way to the other end he would dribble off his foot and the ball would go out of bounds. Coach Waterman would get hit with a technical foul, this resulted in Marttila extending the lead to 16-12. James Chartier would get a shot to go for his team and Brody Bell of Negaunee would get a bucket of his own to answer. Chartier would get fouled by Gavin Downey, the shot would fall resulting in an and one, Chartier would miss the free throw. Marttila got fouled on a three and make it for a four point play, Jace Turri who fouled Martilla would get called for a technical foul, Negaunee’s second. A plethora of free throws would come for Iron Mountain as 4/6 would fall and all of a sudden Negaunee trailed big. Downey got a steal off of the Mountaineers and would convert the fastbreak layup. Chartier would get a final second bucket to end the first half of play and send the Mountaineers into halftime with all the momentum.
End of 2nd Quarter: Negaunee 18, Iron Mountain 32
Third Quarter: Two straight three’s from Iron Mountain would swiftly put the Miners in an even deeper hole as they now trailed 18-38. The first points for Negaunee of the second half would come from Gerald Johnson. Johnson would steal the ball but lose the ball right away, giving it back to Iron Mountain. Sager took a trip to the free throw line and went 1/2. The Miners struggled in the third quarter as they only had three points to start. Joe Colavecchi would earn a trip to the free throw line but go 1/2. Iron Mountain owned the offensive boards as they got three straight offensive rebounds which led to a bucket. Negaunee now found themselves in a 21-41 hole. To end the third quarter Reece Kangas would hit a three.
End of Third: Negaunee 23, Iron Mountain 44
Fourth Quarter: Johnson of Negaunee would cut the lead to 25-46 with a 2/2 trip at the charity stripe. Ty Jacobson would get a steal and convert for a nice jumpshot on the other end. Iron Mountain would answer with two straight layups of their own, Chartier getting the second one to go. Jackson Gladwell would get a technical foul for spiking the ball, this would result in Marttila going to the line and he would come out 2/2 from the line. Oskar Kangas would get his third block of the night when he swatted a shot out of bounds. Reece Kangas would hit a three to extend the lead even more to 29-65. Oscar Kangas was the star for Iron Mountain as he would have 27 points on the night. The game would end with a Ty Jacobson steal and bucket.
Final Score: Negaunee 35, Iron Mountain 65
Next Game: The Negaunee Miners Boys Basketball team will be back in action on the road on January 28th in Manistique. Carl Leander Johnson will have the call for the 7:15 p.m. tip off on Sunny 101.9!