Eskymos rout Modeltowners

GWINN — The fourth-ranked Escanaba boys broke out of the gates quickly here Tuesday night in a 79-46 non-conference basketball triumph over the Gwinn Modeltowners.

Esky led 22-10 after the first quarter and 40-23 at halftime.

“We got off to a great start,” said Esky coach Tracy Hudson. “We mixed our defenses and jumped on them hard. I thought it was a great team effort. We had eight guys who scored.”

Colin Hudson led Esky (13-6) with a career-high 20 points. Peyton Fedell added 19 points. Carter Hudson collected 11 points and six blocked shots. Jared Hanson had 11 points and Bryant Maki tallied eight points, 10 rebounds and six assists.

“Colin had probably his best game of the season,” said coach Hudson. “I think he’s getting more comfortable on the floor. Brandon Frazer did a good job running our offense. Peyton had a great season and tonight he had a great game for us. We feel he’s back on track. We have a lot of different guys stepping up.”

James Harnick scored 17 points for the Modeltowners, who dropped to 3-14.

Esky hit 10-of-20 3-point shots and committed 17 turnovers.

The Eskymos played without Justin Marenger, who was out with a broken elbow.

“We played a lot of young guys,” said coach Hudson. “This was kind of a trap game for us.

“It was a very physical game in the second half. I thought our supporting cast contributions were big. We spread the ball around and shot very well. Only, we need to get our turnovers down for Friday.”

Esky, which dropped the JV game 48-32, closes its regular season at Gladstone Friday.

Gwinn hosts Superior Central Friday.

Escanaba 22 18 17 22 — 79

Gwinn 10 13 11 12 — 46

Escanaba — Frazer 2, Fedell 19, Smale 6, Carter Hudson 11, Maki 8, Hanson 11, Colin Hudson 20, Brown 2. FT: 7-9; F: 13; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Hanson 3, Fedell 3, Smale 2, Carter Hudson, Colin Hudson.

Gwinn — Bridge 1, Starnes 2, Love 4, Harnick 17, Anderson 8, Duvall 5, Jancsi 2, Hill 7. FT 7-11; F: 15; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Harnick 3.