Eagles take down Emeralds
Up 27-23 at the half, the Manistique Emeralds struggled from the charity stripe, hitting just four of 13 attempts in second half play. As a result, they came up short, dropping a 53-52 decision to the visiting Eagles from Engadine.
Manistique finished the night hitting just six of 19 free throws – an effort that cost them victories in their last two games.
“Thirty-three percent, what is that?” Coach Todd Kangas said of his team’s effort from the line. “You should be able to kick it up there and make it that many times. If we would had taken care of the free throw line, we could have won our last two games.”
Manistique’s Tyler Kangas nailed a triple on his way to a 30-point night in the opening minutes of the non-conference game.
The back end of a pair from the line by Coby Ryan gave the Emeralds a 4-0 lead early.
Trailing by two, the Eagles’ Zachary Frazier hit from behind the arc to put Engadine out front at the 3:42 mark in the quarter.
Up 9-8, Ben Wyse made his way to the net for two as time ran out in the quarter to give the Eagles an 11-8 lead.
Tied at 19 with 4:04 to play in the half, Kangas took control of the ball and scored eight points down the stretch to put Manistique back on top 27-23 at the half.
Pumped and still very much in the game, the Eagles took advantage against a struggling Emerald team, who scored just five points in the third, to go out front and control a 38-31 advantage going into the final eight minutes of play.
What cost the Emeralds the game proved to be the difference for Engadine, who pushed their lead to four from the line to seal the victory. Trailing, the Emeralds Tony Floyd hit a three-point shot, but time ran out for Manistique at home.
“We had our chances,” Kangas said. “They were up by eight or 10 at one point, we cut that to three points. They went to the line and missed two free throws but we couldn’t come up with the rebounds and were forced to foul again. We didn’t play very good defensively.”
Manistique: Kangas 30, Ryan eight, Floyd five, Brett Annelin three, Tanner Watson, Jake Zellar and Dylan Strasser two points each.
Engadine: Frazier 18, Wyse 10, Forrest McArthur seven, Tanner Flatt seven, Isak Frazier four.
Last Friday on the road, trailing 27-17 at the half, the Emeralds made a strong push in the final eight minutes outscoring the Patriots 16-10 but again struggled, scoring just four points in the third period on the road in a 41-37 loss to Westwood.
Kangas led the Emeralds with 14 points in the loss. Floyd netted 10 points, Ryan six, Watson four, Zellar two and Strasser one.
It’s a busy week for Manistique who took on Ishpeming Wednesay after press time and will face Westwood again this Friday.