Rockets hold off feisty Emeralds, 57-52

MANISTIQUE — The Rapid River boys basketball team edged the Manistique Emeralds 57-52 in a non-conference matchup Tuesday at Manistique.

The Rockets (4-2) trailed 13-11 entering the second quarter but were able to put together some runs to build momentum.

“We were able to make a few runs, and it made it hard for them to catch up,” Rockets’ coach Mitch Hall said. “Our transition game was better in the first half. We also took good care of the ball in the second with only eight turnovers.”

The Rockets got big contributions on both sides of the ball from Mason Kudlick and Griffin Flath. Kudlick scored a career-high 28 points, while Flath was able to hold down Manistique’s Schyler Andersen.

“Mason shot and finished well at the basket,” Hall said. “Griffin Flath had a great defensive effort tonight against Anderson. Their team fights hard. I only had us down for a couple offensive boards.”

The Rockets were just barely able to hold off the Emeralds (1-7) all the way to the end.

“Tough game for four quarters,” Hall said. “Especially late in the game with it close, I thought we played composed and made them have to foul us.”

Kudlick had four triples in addition to his 28 points, while Tyler Sundling followed with 16 points.

Andersen led the Emeralds with 18 points.

“I thought we were able to get a few positive minutes from our bench,” Hall said. “(Vincent) Micheau came in and knocked down a big 3 to get things moving from the perimeter. Tony DeMars took a finger to the eye, and I thought (Parker) Dausey and (Matt) Snay picked up the slack.”

Rapid River hosts Superior Central Friday, while Manistique visits Iron Mountain Jan. 23.

Rapid River 11 17 17 12 — 57

Manistique 13 12 16 11 — 52

Rapid River — Kudlick 28, Sundling 16, Moss 5, DeMars 5, Micheau 3. F: 8; Fouled out: none; FT: 7-12; 3-point field goals: Kudlick 4, Sundling 2, Moss 1, Micheau 1.

Manistique — Andersen 18, Blixt 9, Hoholik 8, Warren 7, Block 6, Dechow 2. F: 14; Fouled out: Block. FT: 3-7; 3-point field goals: Blixt, Warren, Andersen.