Rapid River boys down Munising

Fourth-quarter 14-0 run propels Rockets

Avery Bundgaard | Daily Press Rapid River's Tyler Sundling (10) drives to the basket against Munising's Josh Huotari (2) during the first half Tuesday at Rapid River.

RAPID RIVER — The Rapid River boys’ basketball team ended on a huge run as it held off a second-half comeback from Munising to survive 59-45 Tuesday night.

The Rockets were up by as much as 12 in the third quarter when the Mustangs closed out the quarter on a 9-0 run and eventually tied the game at 45 early in the fourth quarter off a 3-pointer from Eli Werner.

“It started on the defensive end,” said Munising coach Terry Kienitz. “We were getting some stops and getting some turnovers. That kind of sparked them on the other end of the court.”

The Rockets then took control and responded with a 14-0 run to end the game.

“They’re good kids,” said Rapid River coach Rich Poma. “When things get tough they really buckle down and really focus on what needs to be done. It’s unfortunate that it took something like that to get that attention from them but when they have to they really buckle down.”

Avery Bundgaard | Daily Press Rapid River's Lucas Sundling (3) puts up a shot over Munising's Cade Contreras (12) during the first half Tuesday at Rapid River.

In the first quarter Rapid River jumped out to a 15-7 lead after shooting 7-for-9 (78 percent) from the floor.

The Mustangs then outscored the Rockets 11-7 to end the period and cut the deficit to 22-18 heading into the second quarter.

“I think they’re in really good shape so they can push the ball up the court all game,” said Kienitz. “They may start slow in the quarters but they’re able to finish all the way through.”

Much like the first quarter the beginning of the second was controlled by Rapid River as it started the period on a 9-0 run to build a big lead.

The Rockets’ energy level was high in the first half as they played at a fast pace that allowed them to establish a 36-27 halftime lead.

“It was just something we talked about last week because I was disappointed how we came out intensity wise last game,” said Poma. “We just can’t do that especially against a team like this. Just coming out with that intensity they were a little more confident with their shots and they don’t think about it as much.”

Scoring duties for the Rockets were pretty spread out across the board as Lucas Sundling, Tyler Sundling and Logan Hardwick each had 14 and Cameron Willemsen added 13.

Alec Blank led the Mustangs with 15 and Cade Contreras added 12.

Rapid River plays again Thursday when it takes on Menominee at home. Munising hosts Big Bay Friday.

The summary:

Munising 18 9 13 5 — 45

Rapid River 22 14 7 16 — 59

Munising — Huotari 4, Matson 7, Blank 15, Contreras 12, Mattson 2, Werner 5; FT: 1-6; F: 13; Fouled out: Huotari; 3-point field goals: Matson 1, Blank 4, Werner 1.

Rapid River — L. Sundling 14, T. Sundling 14, Hardwick 14, Willemsen 13, Landis 2, Orth 2; FT: 6-7; F: 10; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: L. Sundling 2, T. Sundling 2, Willemsen 1.