Emeralds split pair of conference match-ups
MANISTIQUE – With three in double figures, the Manistique Emerald varsity basketball team walked off the court with a 40-38 win over Westwood last Friday. Up 10-7 at the end of the first quarter of play two of the Emeralds leading scorers on the night sank six points each in the second period to give the Emeralds a 22-17 advantage at the break.
Westwood topped the Emeralds 12-8 in the third but thanks to a sixpoint effort by Coby Ryan, the Emeralds held on to a 30-29 lead going into the fourth quarter of the Mid- Peninsula Conference contest.
With eight in the books, Nelson added four more points in the fourth to help push the Emeralds past Westwood 10-9 in the period.
“It was a nice win, we played some of our best defense of the season,” Coach Todd Kangas said.
The Emeralds 18-of-46 from the floor, 4-of-6 from the line, were led by Nelson and Ryan with 12 points each. Connor Selling added 10 points, Zack Lambert six.
Westwood won the junior varsity and freshman contests.
Monday against Gwinn, the Emeralds let one slip away at home dropping a 58-47 decision to the Modeltowners.
Up 14-8 off a eight point effort by Selling in the first quarter, the Emeralds went cold scoring just six points in the second period but still hung on to a 20-19 advantage at the break.
From there Gwinn took control, doubling the Emeralds production in the third to control a 37-29 lead at the end of three.
Up by eight, Gwinn saved their best for last adding 21 more points in the fourth to seal the win.
Selling led the Emeralds with 19 points in the loss; Lambert added 12, Tony Floyd and Tyler Kangas six points each, and Nelson and Ryan two points each.
With the win Gwinn improves to 11-4, the Emeralds fall to 4-10.
Manistique travels to West-wood to take on the 0-12 Patriots Friday.