Negaunee, MI – January 28, 2022 – The Negaunee Miners Boys Basketball team took a big win on the road in Manistique 57-30. Carl Leander Johnson had the call live from Manistique on Sunny 101.9.
1st Quarter: Ty Jacobson got the action started for the Miners as he got an early basket to go, the Miners snagged an early 2-0 lead. Negaunee came out on the defensive end in a full court press and then began to trap when Manistique crossed half court. Gerald Johnson would steal the ball but the possession would result in no points. Bryce Blixt would get the Emeralds going when he got a bucket, tying up the game 2-2. Blixt would steal the ball and Manistique would take the lead when Landen Dougherty would get the two point bucket to go. Dougherty would score yet again giving the Emeralds the quick 6-2 lead. The Miners continued to struggle offensively as Dougherty would steal the ball. Brody Bell would get fouled on a shot and go 2/2 in his trip to the charity stripe. Parker Graphos gave the emeralds a four point cushion when he scored a two point bucket.
End of 1st: Negaunee 4, Manistique 8
2nd Quarter: The second quarter started with an exciting and-one shot by Brody Bell and he would compete the three point play with a made free throw, cutting the deficit down to 7-8. Negaunee’s defense turned it up when Mason Sager stole the ball and passed to Johnson who scored, giving Negaunee the lead. Manistique took the lead right back and led 10-9. Sager would earn a trip the free throw line when he got fouled and he made it count as he went 2/2. Gerald Johnson got a nice steal but was blocked on the other end by Wyatt Demers. Brody Bell got a nice basket for his Miners, Negaunee led 13-10. Sager would commit a foul and Manistique would go 1/2 on that trip to the line. Sager would take his own trip to the free throw line but come out empty handed going 0/2. Sager would get his revenge at the free throw line when he would go to the line again and go a perfect 2/2.
End of 2nd: Negaunee 17, Manistique 12
Third Quarter: Negaunee stuck to their ways of the first half and remained in a full court press. Ty Jacobson would get a steal and score on the other end of the fastbreak. Ty Jacobson would steal the ball yet again but this time he would dish the ball to Gavin Downey who would convert. Blixt would answer on the other end with a nice floater. Mason Sager extended the lead to 9 when he hit a shot of his own. Demers continued his strong night with a shot from downtown and cut the Emerald’s deficit to 17-23. Demers would continue to chip at the lead when he would find his way to the free throw line and go 1/2. Jackson Gladwell got the Miner’s lead back up when he drove into the free throw line and drilled the jumpshot. The free throws continued to come for Negaunee and Gerald Johnson would go 2/2 after he got fouled on a shot. Gavin Jacobson would steal the ball but when he went up for the shot Seth Mersnick would block the shot in a LeBron James like fashion. Mersnick would cut the lead down to 13 after he got a bucket for Manistique.
End of 3rd: Negaunee 35, Manistique 22
Fourth Quarter: The Emeralds looked to make a comeback as Demers hit a shot, cutting the lead to 11. Negaunee’s lead would go right back up when a shot from beyond the arc would find it’s way in the net. Jace Turri would make continue Negaunee’s domination when he got an and-one shot to go. Blixt tried to will Manistique back into the game with a nice pass to Zeller who would finish the play. Bell would find his way to to the free throw line and walk away with both shots made, the Miners led 45-26. Bell got his 14th point of the night when he hit a shot from beyond the arc. Gavin Saunders would make a contribution of his own when he hit a three for the Miners. Matthew Peters would get a shot of his own to go, extending Negaunee’s already large lead. Kai Lacar would finish the scoring off for the Miners with two made free throws.
Final Score: Negaunee 57, Manistique 30
Joe Boogren Player of The Game: Brody Bell
Next Game: The Negaunee Boys Basketball squad will be back in action on February 4th when they take on the Modeltowners of Gwinn at 7:15 p.m. Carl Leander Johnson will have the call live on Sunny 101.9!