Cougars’ boys pick up first win against Big Bay

GARDEN CORNERS — The Superior Central boys picked up their first win of the season with a 52-20 basketball triumph over the Big Bay de Noc Black Bears Thursday in Garden Corners.

The Cougars (1-3) jumped out to a 15-4 lead by the end of the first quarter and led 32-9 at the half of this non-conference matchup.

“We’re just going to struggle all year,” Black Bears’ coach Brad McPhee said. “We got a really really young team with two eighth-graders.

“We’re just struggling with learning how to play a team game. We showed a little bit more patience tonight than what we’ve shown, but we still have a lot of work to put in.”

Lucas Kanerva led the Cougars with 10 points. Brayden Willour led the Black Bears (0-4) with 10 points.

The Black Bears struggled taking care of the ball, committing 26 turnovers.

“I thought we played some decent defense at times, but our guys were really undisciplined,” McPhee said.

The Cougars visit Mid Peninsula Monday, while the Black Bears visit Engadine Tuesday.

Superior Central 15 17 8 12 — 52

Big Bay de Noc 4 5 9 2 — 20

Superior Central — Maki 7, McLaury 2, Frusti 7, Rondeau 4, Kanerva 10, Carlson 7, Koski 5, Porter 8, Leppanen 2. F: 9; Fouled out: None. FT: 8-20; 3-point field goals: Maki 1, Rondeau 1, Kanerva 2.

Big Bay de Noc — Thill 3, Willour 10, Johnson 2, Gillespie 2, McPhee 3. F: 12; Fouled out: McPhee. FT: 0-5; 3-point field goals: Thill 1, Willour 2, McPhee 1.