EBEN - Behind a season high from Tyler DeMars, Big Bay de Noc defeated Superior Central 60-55 in a CUP Conference match-up on Monday night.
DeMars connected on five 3-pointers and poured in 25 points to pace the Black Bears.
Superior Central head coach Herb Jenkins said his team did a good job containing Cole Potvin but struggled with DeMars.
"We held Cole to 14 but Tyler made it tough on on us, knocking down five 3's and scoring tough buckets inside," Jenkins said.
The Black Bears jumped out to a 12-2 lead but the Cougars responded to cut the deficit to 17-10 by the end of the first quarter. Superior Central drew the game closer in the second as seven different players scored but DeMars weathered the storm with three 3-pointers in the quarter to give BBdN a 33-29 half-time lead. The game went back-and-forth in the third and fourth quarter but Bryce Thompson sunk 4-of-6 free throws in the final minutes and DeMars netted another six points to help preserve the Black Bears win.
Jake Aho led the Cougars with 18 points and nine rebounds. Nick and Cody Maki both chipped in four steals and four assists. WIth the win, Big Bay improves to 10-8 overall and 6-5 in the CUP. The Black Bears are back in action Thursday at Manistique.
Superior Central drops to 4-14 overall and 0-10 in the CUP. They host Bark River-Harris Thursday.
Sup Central 10 19 13 13 - 55
Big Bay 17 16 15 12 - 60
Superior Central - B. Maki 5, G. Seppanen 6, J. Aho 18, N. Maki 11, C. Maki 10, C, Richmond 3, J. Hill 2; FT; 9-14; F: 11; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: B. Maki 1, N. Maki 1, C. Maki 1, C. Richmond 1.
Big Bay de Noc - C. Potvin 14, B. Thompson 8, Z. Pomeroy 10, T. DeMars 25, A. Ranguette 3; FT: 4-7; F: 14; Fouled out: DeMars; 3-point field goals: DeMars 5, Potvin 2, Ranguette 1.
North Dickinson 57,
Rapid River 47
RAPID RIVER - A promising first half wasn't quite enough for the Rapid River boys Monday night as they dropped a 57-47 basketball decision to the North Dickinson Nordics.
The Rockets led 28-19 at halftime, but trailed 39-34 after the third quarter of the Skyline Conference match-up.
"I thought we played our best half of the year in the first half," said Rockets' coach Richard Poma. "But we always seem to get that one quarter that kills us. The effort was there in the second half. But our rebounding was bad, which was probably the ultimate thing that shot us in the foot."
Noah Berg scored 20 points and Justin Clark added 12 for the Nordics (10-8 overall, 6-7 league).
"Berg had a great game," said Poma. "He had a lot of key rebounds. Their offensive rebuilding killed us. They also moved the ball very well. They were very disciplined."
Hayden Hardwick hit 17 points and Jake Pearson had 11 for the Rockets (5-13 overall, 2-10 Skyline), who hit 19-of-43 field goals and committed 15 turnovers.
"We took care of the ball very well in the first half," said Poma. "We had only four turnovers at halftime. In the second half, we didn't do as well. Hayden's decision-making was some of his best this year. Jake kind of got taken out of the game with foul trouble, but he was a big help on defense. The seniors gave a very good effort on Senior Night."
The Nordics, who host Bark River-Harris tonight, hit 26-of-56 field goals and had 10 turnovers.
Rapid River, which also dropped the jayvee game, visits Republic-Michigamme tonight.
N. Dickinson 8 11 20 18 - 57
Rapid River 13 15 6 13 - 47
North Dickinson - Berg 20, Roell 6, L. O'Neil 7, Johnson 8, Clark 12. FT: 1-6; F: 10; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Roell 2, L. O'Neil, Johnson.
Rapid River - Pearson 11, Hardwick 17, Evans 2, Parrett 2, Deneau 9, Bero 2, Berglund 4. FT: 6-8; F: 11; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Pearson, Hardwick, Deneau.