Eskymos roll in boys’ opener at Negaunee

Boys basketball

Tracy Hudson

NEGAUNEE — The Escanaba boys built an early lead and maintained the upper hand Tuesday night in a season-opening 60-45 basketball triumph over the Negaunee Miners.

Esky led 21-14 after the first quarter of the non-conference contest.

“We got off to a real good start, said Esky coach Tracy Hudson. “I think our 1-3-1 bothered them. When we had our inside-outside (game) going, I thought we did a better job. We tried to pressure the perimeter. The game was a little closer than the score indicated. For having only 8-9 practices, we did a pretty good job overall.”

Ryan Robinette led the Eskymos with 23 points and five assists. Austin Willette added 11 points and Jared Nash had 10.

“Ryan had a great all-around game and our starting guards did a real good job,” said Hudson. “Negaunee came within eight points late in the game. They were hitting the three and getting to the free throw line. Austin hit four clutch free throws down the stretch. They kind of hung around. It was hard to get separation from them.”

Luke Mattson paced the Miners with 16 points and Jason Waterman had 12.

Esky held a 25-17 rebounding advantage, hit 27-of-45 field goals and committed 12 turnovers. Negaunee had 11 miscues and sank 22-of-24 free throws.

“Both teams did a pretty good job handling the ball,” said Hudson. “Negaunee has a young team, but they have real good guard play. We were able to get some fast breaks which really helped.”

The Eskymos also won the jayvee contest (67-35) and freshman game (54-14). They travel to Kingsford Friday.

The summary:

Escanaba 21 9 16 14 — 60

Negaunee 14 9 8 14 — 45

Escanaba — Robinette 23, Kamin 6, Willis 8, Nash 10, A. Willette 11. FT: 6-11; F: 21; Fouled out: Nash.

Negaunee — Sager 8, Ennett 6, Jason Waterman 12, Skewis 1, Luke Mattson 16, Duchaine 2. FT: 22-24; F: 13; Fouled: Mattson; 3-point field goals: Sager 2, Waterman.