Emeralds rally, drop Bulldogs

MANISTIQUE – The Manistique boys snapped a three-game losing streak Monday night, rallying for a 64-60 basketball victory over the Rudyard Bulldogs.

Manistique trailed by as many as 12 points in the third quarter, then by five with a minute left in the non-conference match-up.

The Emeralds began their final comeback on a 3-point shot by Tyler Kangas, pulling them within two points.

“That was a big play because then it became a one-possession game,” said Emeralds’ coach Todd Kangas. “We also got a couple turnovers in the end. We hung in there and were able to pull it out. This is a pretty big boost for us. We did a lot of good things.”

Zach Lambert led the Emeralds (3-6) with a career-high 22 points. Connor Selling added a career-best 18 and Tyler Kangas had 13.

“Zach had a real nice game,” said coach Kangas. “He shot and distributed the ball pretty well. He was also able to penetrate and break down their zone (defense) a little.”

Brady Vansloten paced the Bulldogs (2-6) with 16 points. Garrett LaPonsie tallied 13. Lukas Steikar scored 12 and Cody Mesnard had 10.

The Manistique jayvees earned their first victory this season in a 44-35 conquest. The Emeralds travel to Iron Mountain Thursday.