Redmen go inside, top Escanaba
MARQUETTE — The Escanaba boys couldn’t find an answer for 6-foot-10 junior center Marius Grazulis Thursday night as they dropped a 71-60 basketball decision to the Marquette Redmen.
Marquette led 25-23 after the first quarter and 40-33 at halftime of a Great Northern Conference match-up between teams tied for second in this week’s Upper Peninsula Class A-B-C poll.
“I’m happy with the way the kids played,” said Esky coach Tracy Hudson. “The first time we played a lot of zone (in a 76-53 loss at home Dec. 19). We played more man this time, but Grazulis really hurt us. I thought Carter (Hudson) did a good job on him, but their guys did a good job getting the ball in to him.”
Grazulis finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds, five blocked shots and five assists. Treylon McFerrin added 19 points and Ethan Martysz had 11.
“I thought McFerrin also did a good job,” sahd coach Hudson. “Their four and five guys really hurt us. They were patient and got the ball to their big guys. You also have to be aware of their shooters. They played very smart.”
Ryan Robinette paced the Eskymos with 26 points. Jared Nash hit 11 and Carter Hudson had 10 in a reserve role.
“I thought Ryan had a real good game,” said coach Hudson. “Carter gave us a big lift off the bench and Jared had a solid game.”
Esky (12-3 overall, 5-2 GNC) hit 27-of-54 field goals and committed 11 turnovers. The Redmen (9-5 overall, 5-2 league) were 26-of-53 from the field.
“Their ability to get to the free throw line made a difference,” said coach Hudson. “They really kind of beat us at the line. Even though we lost on the scoreboard, I thought it was a winning effort from the kids. I thought we were a lot more focused than we were the other night (in a 74-48 loss to top-ranked Iron Mountain). We battled them for 32 minutes.”
The Eskymos won the freshman game 46-26, but dropped the jayvee contest 71-68.
Esky hosts West Iron County Tuesday.
Escanaba 23 10 11 16 — 60
Marquette 25 15 14 17 — 71
Escanaba — Robinette 26, Kamin 5, Willis 2, Nash 11, Willette 6, Hudson 10. FT: 4-8; F: 21; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Robinette 4, Hudson 2.
Marquette — Millado 2, McFerrin 19, Brazeau 7, Martysz 10, Koski 2, Grazulis 31. FT: 16-24; F: 8; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Martyzs 2, Brazeau.