2012-12-13 / Sports

Emerald boys improve, pick up Newberry win

Team looks to hold up season after losses

NORWAY – Promising results and getting them, Coach Todd Kangas is not happy with the Emerald varsity boy’s basketball team’s debut, and has indicated changes will be made in the quality of his team’s play.

With the team scoring just two points in the first eight minutes of the new season, Kangas went back to the drawing board and modified the game plan. The result – a 58-49 win on the road against Newberry and a one-point loss to Norway in the final seconds of the game.

Trailing by one at the half, a nine-point effort by Tyler Kangas followed by six by Coby Ryan provided a five-point margin for the Emeralds going into the fourth quarter. A bucket by Tony Floyd to start the fourth pushed the Emerald lead to eight, but from there Norway put together a 9-0 run and a one- point advantage off a triple by John Grayvold midway through the period.

Up by one with 44 seconds left on the clock, Dan Bal missed the front end of one and one from the free throw. Conner Selling came up with the rebounds, and the Emeralds got the last laugh, but came up short, losing the Mid- Peninsula Conference battle to the Knights 48-47.

In Newberry, the Emeralds jumped out early, and, after a defensive battle, executed a game plan that led to the win. Manistique travels to Gwinn Friday.

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