Forest Park takes down Jets

Boys basketball roundup

Avery Bundgaard | Daily Press North Central’s Noah Gorzinski (12) goes up for a layup on a fastbreak while Forest Park’s Josh Logan watches during the first quarter Friday in at North Central.

POWERS — The North Central boys’ basketball team unveiled its 2017 Class D state championship banner Friday night but Forest Park was there to crash the party.

The Trojans grabbed an early lead and never looked back taking down the Jets 66-52 in a Skyline Central Conference matchup.

“It was a long time coming,” said NC coach Adam Mercier on the banner unveiling. “We didn’t have a home game in six weeks. It was a special moment for our community and I wish our team would’ve played better.”

FP grabbed an early 5-0 lead in the first quarter and kept the pace up taking a 23-19 lead going into the second period.

The Trojans (8-6) scored the first six points of the second quarter giving them a little cushion. They coasted the rest of the period and took a 40-30 halftime lead.

“We couldn’t defend our cold lunch against a kindergartner in the first half,” said Mercier. “They shot really well in the first half. They played better than us and we didn’t make enough shots. We never got the ball moving.”

FP shot an efficient 26-for-52 (50 percent) while NC couldn’t get a shot to fall going 15-for-64 (23 percent) for the game.

The Jets (9-3) settled down and put together a solid third quarter outscoring the Trojans by four but still trailed 50-44 heading into the final period.

“We made five field goals in the third quarter,” said Mercier. “We got within four but they came down and made two big baskets. Our guys didn’t quite but we just didn’t play well.”

FP pulled away in the fourth quarter outscoring NC 16-8 to close out the win.

Jonah Logan led the way for the Trojans scoring 18 followed by Jacob Frisanco with 16 and Connor Bortolini with 10.

Lucas Dombrowski led the Jets with 21 points and Noah Gorzinski added 12.

The Jets will travel to Big Bay de Noc next Friday for its next game.

Forest Park 23 17 10 16 — 66

North Central 19 11 14 8 — 52

Forest Park — Bortolini 10, Hendrickson 9, Nylund 8, Jonah Logan 18, Josh Logan 5, Frisanco 16; FT: 8-14; F: 25; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Nylund 2, Bortolini 1, Hendrickson 1, Jonah Logan 1, Josh Logan 1.

North Central — Johnson 4, Gorzinski 12, Holle 4, Dombrowski 21, Meyer 5, Snyder 6; FT: 22-29; F: 17; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: none.

Carney-Nadeau 93,

Mid Peninsula 69

ST. NICHOLAS — The Carney-Nadeau boys’ basketball team caught fire from the 3-point line Friday night and the building doesn’t seem to be cooling down anytime soon.

The Wolves hit 20 3-pointers on their way to a 93-69 victory over Mid Peninsula in a fast-paced Skyline Central Conference game.

“It was way out of our league and that was not the type of game we wanted to play at all,” said Mid Pen coach Mark Branstrom. “That’s not something we can allow to happen. It was their style of play and they’re extremely good shooters. Our defense was not on par today.”

Brett LaFord and Preston Lauscher led the way for Carney (8-3) each hitting five 3-pointers followed by Jacob Kleiman with four, Beau Koffman with three, Jason Kirschner with two, and Corrigan with one.

It was actually the Wolverines (2-9) that came out strong taking a 17-16 first quarter lead.

The Wolves then took control of the second quarter outscoring the Wolverines by 14 and taking a 45-32 halftime lead.

It was all Carney from that point on outscoring Mid Pen 48-37 in the second half.

Despite the poor play on defense, the Wolverines put up 69 points of their own and saw four players score in double figures including Terry Brower with 21, Billy Carlson with 15, Zach Englund with 13 and Dylan Trudell with 11.

Carney hosts Norway Tuesday while Mid Pen travels to Gwinn Wednesday.

The summary:

C-N 16 29 23 25 — 93

Mid Peninsula 17 15 13 24 — 69

Carney-Nadeau — Koffman 9, Kleiman 14, Linder 2, LaFord 19, Lauscher 30, Kirschner 16, Corrigan 3; FT: 3-6; F: 21; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: LaFord 5, Lauscher 5, Kleiman 4, Koffman 3, Kirschner 2, Corrigan 1.

Mid Peninsula — Brower 21, Englund 13, Trudell 11, Nummilien 3, Carlson 15, Grosskreutz 2, Rajala 4; FT: 16-24; F: 6; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Brower 2, Carlson 1.

Rapid River 80,

Big Bay 24

RAPID RIVER — All 12 players for Rapid River as the Rockets cruised to an 80-24 win against Big Bay de Noc Friday night.

Lucas Sundling led the way with 15 points, six rebounds, five steals and four assists and Logan Hardwick scored 10 points with three blocked shots. Nate Olsen also dished off five assists for the Rockets, who led 52-13 at halftime and shot 47 percent from the field.

Kellen Thill drilled four 3-pointers en route to a team-high 14 points for Big Bay, which shot 21 percent and had 19 turnovers.

Big Bay hosts Munising Monday and Rapid River hosts Superior Central Tuesday.

The summary:

Big Bay 5 8 2 9 — 24

Rapid River 26 26 15 13 — 80

Big Bay — LaLonde 4, Thill 14, Raredon 6. FT: 2-6; F: 10. Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Thill 4.

Rapid River — L. Sundling 15, T. Sundling 6, Hardwick 10, Willemsen 8, Landis 7, LaCasse 9, Olson 4, Lundquist 6, Gustafson 4, DeMars 2, Orth 4, Menary 5. FT; 8-14; F: 10; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: L. Sundling 3, T. Sundling 2, Hardwick, Landis, LaCosse.

Westwood 41,

Manistique 25

ISHPEMING — Westwood jumped out early with a strong defense and defeated Manistique 41-25 in a high school boys basketball game played Friday night.

The Patriots (4-7, 2-4 Mid-Peninsula Conference) took a 13-2 lead after one quarter and 27-6 at halftime, limiting the Emeralds (2-13, 0-9) to just a dozen points through the first three quarters.

“We got off to a good start and shot the ball well early,” Westwood coach Chad Hewitt said. “And we were able to defend well early, too.”

Schyler Andersen paced Manistique with 10 points, while fellow sophomore Mark Block added eight.

Westwood, which also won the jayvee game 56-32, plays at Negaunee on Wednesday. Manistique’s next game is a home rematch against the Patriots Friday night, the nightcap of a girls-boys varsity doubleheader which begins at 6 p.m.

Manistique 2 4 6 13 — 25

Westwood 13 14 10 4 — 41

Manistique — Block 8, Lauzon 6, Andersen 10, Smith 1. FT: 2-5.

Westwood — Mason 3, Burke 2, Beckman 6, Hewitt 10, Anderson 2, Rodda 1, Dalarye 14. FT: 6-11.

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