Kangas drops 29
On fire early, the Manistique senior knocked down 10 of the Emeralds’ first 12. Despite the effort, Manistique trailed 13-12 to the Newberry Indians when the quarter came to an end at home Tuesday night.
With shots falling all over the court, Kangas hit one from the free throw line to tie the game at 13 at the start of the second period. From there, Manistique shut down the Indians and went on a 10-0 run to hold a 22-13 advantage when Kangas scored his 16th point of the night with three minutes left in the half.
Trailing by nine, Newberry managed to cut the margin to five down the stretch, but a bucket by Kangas as time ran out pushed the Emeralds’ lead back to eight (26-18) at the break.
Picking up where he left off, Kangas dropped a basket to start the third. Two from Jake Zellar gave Manistique their largest lead of the night (30-20) early in the third.
Still in the game, the Indians’ Darik Marsh exploded for 10 points to get the Indians within three late in the quarter, but a pair from behind the arc by Cody Ryan gave Manistique a 41-33 advantage at the end of the third.
With 26 points in the books and still not done, Kangas dropped a triple to start the fourth. From there, DK Boyd and Dylan Strasser took over scoring while the Emerald defense held the Indians to just four points in the fourth quarter in the 55-37 win.
Kangas set a season high, finishing with 29 points in the win.
“I have seen a definite improvement in our last two games,” Coach Todd Kangas said. “We lost to Newberry earlier in the season and were able to turn that around and get a win, and also play much better against Iron Mountain the second time around.”
Kangas went on to say that if his team is going to be successful through the second half of the season he needs Kangas and Ryan to finish in double figures.
“Tyler was able to get a couple of put-backs of his own and made something happen for himself tonight,” Kangas said. “Coby hit a couple of big three’s – one that put us back up by eight at the end of the third. For us to win, they need to be in double digits and need a couple of others to chip in like Dylan and DK did.”
Manistique: Kangas 29, Ryan 10, Strasser six, Boyd four, Zellar two, Chris Freeman two, Tony Floyd two.
Newberry: Marsh 13, James Oberle 12, John Paramski nine, Josh Hood three.
Manistique dropped a 42-30 decision to the Iron Mountaineers at home last Friday.
Kangas led the Emeralds with 15 points in the loss. Ryan netted six points, Zellar four, Strasser three and Tony Floyd two.
Manistique will host the Negaunee Miners Friday. The Miners (8-1) beat Manistique 77- 33 in their season opener; their lone loss came at the hands of Marquette.