Negaunee, MI – February 9th, 2022 – The Negaunee Miners Boys basketball team completed the 2-0 season series sweep of the Emeralds with a 60-46 win at home. Carl Leander Johnson had the call live on Sunny 101.9.
1st Quarter: The Emeralds came into this game hoping to get revenge on the Miners after taking loss to them at home 30-57. Gavin Downey would get the action going for the Miners when he stole the ball and passed to Gerald Johnson who would score the bucket. Downey would continue to make an impact when he hit a mid-range jumper, Miners led 4-0. Negaunee would enter a full court press and force yet another turnover. Brody Bell would take credit for that turnover and convert with a two point basket on the offensive end. The Emerald’s offense remained stagnate as Downey poked the ball away and on the other end Ty Jacobson got an and-one shot to go followed by a made free throw. With 5:41 left in the first quarter Gavin Jacobson found himself at the charity stripe and would go 2/2 this trip, Negaunee led 11-0. Gavin Downey would force yet another turnover and get fouled on the other side of the court, he would go 2/2 from the free throw line. The Emeralds would turn the ball over and Gerald Johnson made them pay with a two point basket. The first points for the Emeralds would come after a Elmer Zellar steal and the Emeralds trailed 2-15. Negaunee would extend the lead even more with a two point bucket. Turnovers continued to come in herds as Gavin Jacobson stole the ball from the Emeralds and dished a pass to Downey who would convert, the Miners led 19-2. Zellar would get the Emeralds their 6th point of the game with a made shot. The quarter would end with a Seth Mersnick three ball.
End of 1st: Negaunee 21, Manistique 9
2nd Quarter: The second quarter would open with the Miners in a full court press and that would force a turnover and Jackson Gladwell would score on the other end. Bryce Blixt would cut the lead to 11-23 when he got a nice floater to go. Zellar would get a nice left hand in the paint to go in the net, Emeralds trailed 13-23. With 4:20 to go in the quarter Gerald Johnson would hit a three to extend the lead for the Miners. The lead would find it’s way back to ten points when Wyatt Demers started his hot shooting night with a three. Gerald Johnson would get a basket to go and a possession later Mason Sager would also get a two point shot to go, Miners led 30-16. The final points in the quarter for the Emeralds would come off a Demers two point shot. The scoring wouldn’t stop for Negaunee as Ty Jacobson would score, getting the lead up to 32-18. The final points for Negaunee would come off a Gladwell floater.
End of 2nd: Negaunee 34, Manistique 18
3rd Quarter: Demers would hit another shot from beyond the arc, cutting the deficit for Manistique to 34-21. The Emeralds would turn the 3-0 run into a 5-0 run when Zellar contributed with a basket of his own. That 5-0 run was quickly shut down when Brody Bell pulled a three from downtown and drained the shot, Miners led 37-23. Zellar got his 10th point of the game when he scored. Downey earned a trip to the free throw line and he’d go a perfect 2/2 during that trip. Demers continued to hit shots from downtown as he hit yet another three for the Emeralds. The forecast didn’t call for rain tonight but Demers changed that when he continued his shooting clinic and banked a three. To close out the quarter Mason Sager would go 2/2 from the free throw line after getting fouled.
End of 3rd: Negaunee 42, Manistique 34
4th Quarter: Gerald Johnson would get a tough bucket and finish through the contact from Zellar to start the final quarter. Zellar would answer the next possession and cut the lead to 44-36. Demers would get his 19th point of the night when he scored, the lead for Negaunee now all the way down to 6. Gavin Jacobson would say not so fast as he would score to extend the lead to 46-38. Gladwell would continue to have a solid night as he scored another basket. Momentum swung back into Negaunee’s favor when Jacobson got an and-one to go but he couldn’t complete the three point play as he missed the free throw. A Mason Sager steal would eventually lead to Gladwell going to the free throw line and he would go 2/2, the Miners led 52-38. Demers hit his sixth three of the night, continuing his Steph Curry-like performance. Downey would go to the free throw line late in the fourth and go 1/2. The final points of the game would come from Manistique’s Zellar as he would get a two point shot.
Final Score: Negaunee 60, Manistique 46
Joe Boogren Player of The Game: Jackson Gladwell
Next Game: The Negaunee Boys Basketball team will be back on the court on February 11th to take on the Hematites of Ishpeming. Carl Leander Johnson will have the call live from Ishpeming for the 6:00 p.m tip-off on Sunny 101.9!