Emeralds hold on to defeat Indians
MANISTIQUE – Following a disappointing loss to the winless Patriots, the Manistique Emerald varsity basketball team kept their composure, jumped out front late, but held on to beat the Newberry Indians 54-51 at home Monday night.
“It was a very slow start for us,” Coach Todd Kangas said. “I didn’t think our defensive intensity was very good early, getting down by 11 points at the half.”
Newberry (3-13) jumped out to a 14-10 lead at the end of the first quarter off a 7-point effort by K Welty. Welty added nine more in the second to give the Indians a 31- 20 lead at the break.
With his team trailing, Zack Lambert fueled a 16-point third quarter effort with eight points to get the Emeralds within one point when the quarter closed.
An 11-point effort by Lambert in the fourth helped the Emeralds jump out front and hold on to the three point victory.
“We jumped out to a 7-point lead with two or three minutes to play and I thought we kind of had it all taken care off then,” said Kangas. “They took a little run at us but we made enough plays to survive till the end.”
Lambert finished the night with 23 points to lead the Emeralds in scoring. Connor Selling added 10 points, Coby Ryan nine, Tyler Kangas nine and Jared Edwards three.
It was Westwood who made a third quarter run last Friday. Up 21-17 at the break, the Patriots exploded for 20 third quarter points on their way to a 51-40 win over the Emeralds. “I thought our defense did an OK job holding Westwood to just 51 points, but we are not going to win many game hitting just 25 percent from the floor,” Kangas said. “Our shot selection was not very good; we were just three of nineteen from three point range that was just too many attempts to finish with that kind of percentage. It’s been a trend throughout the year we consistently inconsistent, we do something good one game and do it horribly in another.”
Ryan led the Emeralds with 13 points, Selling 11, Lambert seven, Tanner Watson three, Max Nelson, Kangas and Jake Zellar two points each.