2014-01-02 / Sports

Miners roll over Emeralds, production still an issue


Chris Freeman breaks through the lane in an attempt for two in the Emeralds’ 77-33 loss on the road in Negaunee Dec. 27. 
Jeff Bolm photo Chris Freeman breaks through the lane in an attempt for two in the Emeralds’ 77-33 loss on the road in Negaunee Dec. 27. Jeff Bolm photo NEGAUNEE – Coach Todd Kanga closed out 2013 still looking for some production from his Emerald basketball team.

The lack thereof led to losses to Negaunee and Gwinn in the last two outings at home and on the road.

Playing host to the Modeltowners on Dec. 20, the Emeralds trailed early scoring just three points in the opening quarter.

They got a spark from a 20-point performance by Tyler Kangas, but came up short losing 51-34 to Gwinn.

Last Friday on the road in Negaunee, a six-point first and five-point fourth quarter ended in a 77-33 loss to the Miners.

With only six on the board, Manistique trailed Negaunee by 17 points when the opener came to an end.

Negaunee touched the nets for 21 more in the second to control a commanding 44-16 lead at the half.

Up by 28, the Miners showed no mercy adding 25 more in the third to push their lead to 41 points going into the final eight minutes of play.

With the win, the Miners improve to 4-1, Manistique falls to 0-6.

The Emeralds will have a four-game home stretch in January starting with the Norway Knights on Jan. 10.

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