Jets grind out win at Forest Park

Boys basketball roundup

FOREST PARK — The North Central boys’ basketball team pulled ahead late in the fourth quarter and held off Forest Park 48-40 Tuesday.

“Tonight was a grind out type of win,” said North Central coach Adam Mercier. “We almost lost this game from the free-throw line but it was a tough win on the road. Our defensive rebounding was key in the fourth quarter.”

The Jets (15-4) got out to an 18-10 lead after the first quarter but the Trojans cut the deficit to six going into halftime.

Forest Park (11-9) cut the deficit even more to four entering the final quarter and actually took the lead early in the fourth.

Brady Eichmeier connected on a pair of free-throws with two minutes remaining to tie the game. With a minute to go and the Jets up by three, Lucas Dombrowski stole the ball and hit some big free-throws to ice the game.

Noah Gorzinski led the Jets with 12 points and Dombrowski added 13 rebounds and five steals.

Riley Hendrickson and Max Nylund each scored 14 to lead Forest Park.

The Jets host Mid Peninsula Thursday to wrap up their season while the Trojans face Ewen-Trout Creek Monday for their opening district game.

The summary:

North Central 18 6 7 17 — 48

Forest Park 10 8 9 13 — 40

North Central — Schaff 4, Johnson 9, Gorzinski 12, Holle 3, Dombrowski 11, Poupore 1, Eichmeier 2, Snyder 6; FT: 12-25; F: 10; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Johnson 2.

Forest Park — Hendrickson 14, Nylund 14, Josh Logan 8, Frisanco 2, Peltoma 2; FT: 3-3; F: 24; Fouled out: Bortolini, Frisanco; 3-point field goals: Hendrickson 4, Josh Logan 1.

Gladstone 90,

Manistique 52

MANISTIQUE — The Gladstone boys’ basketball team had an offensive explosion in the third quarter on its way to a 90-52 win over Manistique Tuesday night.

The Emeralds (2-18) hung with the Braves for much of the first half trailing by seven after the first quarter and only trailed 40-30 at halftime.

“We moved the ball halfway decent,” said Manistique coach Ed Marietti. “In the first half we were getting layups. We were seeing the court.”

Gladstone (14-5) put on a show in the third quarter scoring 34 points to Manistique’s 12 to put the game out of reach.

“The first half was fine,” said Marietti. “Nothing great but we were only down ten. In the third quarter they pressed us and picked up the pace and were able to get layup after layup.”

The Braves would outscore the Emeralds by six in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

Brad Spindler led Gladstone with 25 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Rudy Peterson produced 16 points, Reece Castor collected 11 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals and Jamie McKnight made all five of his shots for 10 points.

The Emeralds were led by Kanton Lauzon and Schyler Andersen with 16 points each followed by Mark Block with 10.

Gladstone will travel to Escanaba Monday for its opening district game while Manistique will take on Harbor Springs Wednesday for its opening district contest.

The summary:

Gladstone 22 18 34 16 — 90

Manistique 15 15 12 10 — 52

Gladstone — Lamberg 4, Shea 2, Downey 2, McKnight 10, Peterson 16, Spindler 25, Hanson 2, Stenson 4, Pouliot 5, Ness 3, Castor 11, Holm 6; FT: 11-14; F: 10; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Peterson 3, Spindler 1, Pouliot 1.

Manistique — Block 13, Jenerou 2, Lauzon 16, Andersen 16, Seeley 5; FT: 2-4; F: 11; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Andersen 2, Lauzon 1, Block 1.

Rapid River 72,

Stephenson 58

STEPHENSON — The Rapid River boys’ basketball team spread the scoring around Tuesday night on its way to a 72-58 victory over Stephenson.

“There was a decent amount of energy and they were excited to play,” said Rapid River coach Rich Poma. “Stephenson went into a zone and I thought the guys handled that zone well. They moved the ball and got a lot of good looks.”

The Rockets (17-2) put 10 players in double figures, led by Cameron Willemsen with 20 and Tony DeMars with 12.

“Cameron and Tony played extremely well for us,” said Poma. “They scored the ball well and were grabbing boards for us as well.”

Lucas Sundling had nine points, but his presence was felt beyond his scoring.

“Lucas played really well for us,” said Poma. “He wasn’t shooting the way he normally does but made some really good passes to break up their zone. He was also getting out in transition and running.”

The Rockets pulled out to a 19-14 lead after the first quarter but really started to separate from the Eagles (6-13) in the second quarter taking a 39-21 lead into halftime.

Stephenson outscored Rapid River by four in the second half but by then the game was out of reach.

Joey Starzynski led the Eagles with 16 points while Ethan Brown added 10.

Rapid River travels to Norway Thursday to wrap up its regular season while Stephenson heads to Menominee the same night.

The summary:

Rapid River 19 20 18 15 — 72

Stephenson 14 7 15 22 — 58

Rapid River — L. Sundling 9, T. Sundling 4, Hardwick 8, Willemsen 20, DeMars 12, Olson 2, Lundquist 6, Landis 5, Orth 3, LaCasse 3; FT: 11-20; F: 11; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: L. Sundling 3, LaCasse 1, Landis 1.

Stephenson — Becerra 8, Starzynski 16, Thoune 9, Cappaert 3, Monette 4, Brown 10, Streeter 8; FT: 4-6; F: 17; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Becerra 2, Starzynski 3, Cappaert 1, Thoune 1, Streeter 1.

BR-Harris 82,

North Dickinson 41

FELCH — Sizzling hot is what the Bark River boys’ basketball team was Tuesday night at North Dickinson.

The Broncos (11-7) hit 13 3 pointers, led 51-19 at halftime and cruised to an 82-41 victory against the Nordics.

“We were hot from the beginning and we didn’t let up,” Broncos’ coach Jim VanEnkevort said. “When we got the rebound, we were pushing it. Everyone was hitting.”

Eleven Broncos scored, led by Hunter Debelak with a career-high 16 points. Ben Schultz drilled four 3-pointers en route to 14 points, Logan Heim scored 14 points and Ryan Arndt added 10.

“We had four guys in double figures and that’s the first time in awhile,” VanEnkevort said. “We had nice balanced scoring.”

BR-H hit 13-of-31 shots behind the arch and 49 percent overall. The Broncos also had a 34-21 rebounding advantage.

Matthew Bruett led North Dickinson, which shot 39 percent, with 13 points and Quenten Ackerman had 11.

BR-H, which won the JV game, travels to Superior Central Thursday. North Dickinson hosts Kingsford Thursday.

ND had 16 of 41

BR-H 25 26 21 10 — 82

North Dickinson 4 15 14 8 — 41

Bark River-Harris — Mustafa 3, Jarvis 5, Bower 2, Schmitt 4, Arndt 10, Richer 6, Korhonen 2, Schultz 14, Groos 6, Debelak 16, Heim 14. FT: 1-4; F: 9; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Jarvis, Arndt 2, Richer 2, Schultz 4, Debelak 2, Heim 2.

North Dickinson — Donaldson-Cherubini 2, Ackerman 11, Bruett 13, M. Miller 2, J. Miller 6, Roell 5, Steinbrecher 2. FT: 6-13; F: 7; 3-point field goal: Ackerman 2, Roell.

Engadine 75,

Mid Peninsula 53

ST. NICHOLAS — The second quarter was a real bummer for the Mid Peninsula boys Tuesday night as they dropped a 75-53 basketball decision to the Engadine Eagles.

Mid Pen trailed 18-14 after the first quarter and 41-20 at halftime of the non-conference contest.

“We dug ourselves in little bit of a hole in the first half and a lot of that had to do with our decision making with the ball,” said Mid Pen coach Mark Branstrom. “We need to clean that up quickly. Engadine has a very good team and they’re well coached. Only, we needed to play better to feel better for the districts.”

Andrew Blanchard led the Eagles (14-5) with 26 points. Scout Bigger scored 12. Terry Brower scored 21 and Zach Englund added 16 for the Wolverines (3-16).

Engadine held a 34-24 rebounding advantage, hit 27-of-61 field goals and committed 18 turnovers. Mid Pen was 19-of-52 from the floor and finished with 25 miscues.

“We need to do better on the boards,” said Branstrom. “As the turnovers and rebounds show, we just weren’t ready for this game in my opinion. A few of our ballplayers played well, but overall we need to come out with a greater sense of urgency.”

Mid Pen, which also dropped the jayvee game 60-20, visits North Central for its regular-season finale Thursday. Engadine hosts Bay Mills Ojibwe Charter in its Class D district opener Monday.

Engadine 18 23 17 17 — 75

Mid Peninsula 14 6 17 16 — 53

Engadine — MacArthur 5, Miller 8, Dennis 4, Blanchard 26, Snyder 3, DeWyse 8, Bigwlow 6, Bigger 12, Butkovich 3. FT: 15-23; F: 17; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: DeWyse 2, Blanchard 2, MacArthur, Butkovich.

Mid Peninsula — Brower 21, Trudell 7, Englund 16, Nummilien 2, Carlson 5, Rajala 2. FT: 9-15; F: 15; Fouled out: Nummilien; Technical foul: Nummilien; 3-point field goals: Brower 5, Carlson.