MANISTIQUE - The Manistique boys snapped a three-game losing streak Monday night, rallying for a 64-60 basketball victory over the Rudyard Bulldogs.
Manistique trailed by as many as 12 points in the third quarter, then by five with a minute left in the non-conference match-up.
The Emeralds began their final comeback on a 3-point shot by Tyler Kangas, pulling them within two points.
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Manistique’s Zach Lambert goes up for a layup attempt Monday night against Rudyard, as Tyler Kangas (20) looks on. Lambert had a team-leading 22-point effort at Manistique.
"That was a big play because then it became a one-possession game," said Emeralds' coach Todd Kangas. "We also got a couple turnovers in the end. We hung in there and were able to pull it out. This is a pretty big boost for us. We did a lot of good things."
Zach Lambert led the Emeralds (3-6) with a career-high 22 points. Connor Selling added a career-best 18 and Tyler Kangas had 13.
"Zach had a real nice game," said coach Kangas. "He shot and distributed the ball pretty well. He was also able to penetrate and break down their zone (defense) a little."
Rudyard 17 14 14 15 - 60
Manistique 17 12 17 18 - 64
Rudyard - Wonders 2, L. Steikar 12, Z. Steikar 7, VanSloten 16, Mesnard 10, LaPonsie 13. FT: 2-5; F: 10; Fouled out: Mesnard; 3-point field goals: VanStoten 2, L. Steikar 2, Z. Steikar, Mesnard.
Manistique - Nelson 5, Lambert 22, Kangas 13, Ryan 6, Selling 18. FT: 4-6; F: 12; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Selling 4, Lambert 2, Kangas, Nelson.
Brady Vansloten paced the Bulldogs (2-6) with 16 points. Garrett LaPonsie tallied 13. Lukas Steikar scored 12 and Cody Mesnard had 10.
The Manistique jayvees earned their first victory this season in a 44-35 conquest. The Emeralds travel to Iron Mountain Thursday.