Miners trample Gladstone

GLADSTONE – The only loss the Negaunee Miners have faced all season was to the Marquette Redmen. The Miners are set for the rematch against Marquette Thursday on their home floor. But they weren’t going to look past the Gladstone Braves Tuesday night, and they went on to post a 79-46 non-conference victory.

It was neck and neck heading into the second quarter Tuesday night between the Gladstone Braves and the Negaunee Miners. Then, the Braves went on a 6-0 run to put themselves ahead 19-13. No. 2-ranked Negaunee called for a time out, and when the game resumed it appeared as though the sleeping giant had awakened.

“I told them that need to make sure that we get this thing closer to even, and our guys responded really well,” said Negaunee coach Mike O’Donnell. “We went up by 13 (at the half), and that was a big momentum shift in the game.”

Gladstone hung in there for a few minutes, managing to tie the game at 23. But from there, the Miners went on a 19-2 tear that would set the pace for the remainder of the contest.

“Things were going good, and then it was like we hit a brick wall,” said Gladstone coach Phil Griebel. “We ran out of gas. They did a nice job of moving the ball against our zone; they’ve got good, quick players, and I think they tired us out. “

Tyler Jandron of Negaunee ignited the spark that led the Miners to victory, putting up 18 of his 27 points in the first half. He was followed by teammate Eric Lori with 21 points.

The third quarter looked like a three-point contest for a few moments, as Jandron began with a deep triple. It was followed by Gladstone’s Michael Cretens, who answered back with a three of his own. However, Lori would connect on another triple, and then Zane Radloff also hit one on the very next play.

Negaunee (15-1) skated into the fourth quarter with a 60-39 advantage, and their bench took care of things for the rest of the way.

Negaunee’s Tanner Uren led his team in rebounding, with eight boards to match his eight points. Cretens paced the Braves with 17 points and seven rebounds.

The Miners also took the jayvee game 53-40. Gladstone (6-9) resumes Friday, hosting Menominee.