Norway unable to slow first-place Negaunee


Sports Writer

NORWAY – Negaunee broke out its run-and-jump defense against Norway Thursday.

It worked.

The Miners, with guards Tyler Jandron and Eric Lori creating havoc, rolled to a 46-15 halftime cushion and 71-39 Mid-Peninsula Conference boys basketball decision.

“We went to a little run-and jump defense that we really haven’t used this year,” Negaunee Coach Mike O’Donnell said. “We wanted to try it out and I thought it sparked us a little bit. It got us going.

“Defensively, I think it transferred over to the offensive end. We played with energy on defense and looked good on offense.”

Jandron scored a game-high 15 points and Lori added 12. Both wound up the game with ice-strapped ankles but both were precautionary measures.

“Their guards are just so good,” Norway Coach Ben Leiker said. “In high school or college basketball, if you have two good guards you can cause a lot of damage.

“I really don’t know how good their forwards are. These guards get them the ball into such good position.”

Negaunee’s Zane Radloff contributed a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Tyler Windahl added 11 points and Jay Lori had nine.

Negaunee’s early full-court pressure and speed bothered Norway. Leiker was also disappointed with his team’s effort.

“They’re better than us one through five,” Leiker said. “We knew that going in. But yet they still outworked us. That’s hard to take.

“If you’re not as skilled, you have to outhustle them. We weren’t getting to loose balls. We weren’t boxing out every possession.

“We weren’t doing the things we have to do.”

Bryce Grayvold’s 14 points paced Norway. Austin Grayvold chipped in 11.

Negaunee remained unbeaten in the MPC.

On Tuesday, Norway (3-5, 2-3) visits Westwood and Negaunee (8-1, 3-0) hosts Iron Mountain.

Negaunee won the junior varsity and freshmen games.

Negaunee 22 24 11 14 – 71

Norway 8 7 9 15 – 39

NEGAUNEE: Radloff 14, E. Lori 12, Jandro 15, Anderson 3, J. Lori 9, Loy 5, Windahl 11, Lindblom 2. FT: 11-13. F: 10.

NORWAY: A. Grayvold 11, Rossato 3, Bonetti 2, Bal 5, Pearman 4, B. Grayvold. 14 FT: 8-9. F: 11.

3-point FG: A. Grayvold, Bal, B. Grayvold, Jandron, Anderson. FGs: Neg 29-54, Nor 14 made. Reb: Neg 29 (Radloff 12).