Gold Medal Classic: Boyce, Haidar dazzle

HERMANSVILLE – Harry Boyce helped Green Bay Dickey’s Barbecue Pit gain the separation it needed in the second half Sunday night in a 76-66 basketball triumph over Crystal Falls McNeil’s Oilers in the Class A men’s title contest of the 75th Annual Gold Medal tournament.

Boyce scored 22 points, including a 21-foot jump shot from the right wing to give Green Bay a 55-49 cushion with 11 minutes, 40 seconds remaining.

His trifecta was part of an 8-0 run, enabling the winners to snap a 49-49 deadlock.

“That run allowed us to step up our defense,” said Boyce, who was selected the tourney’s Outstanding Player. “Anytime you get a run like that, it gets everybody excited about playing defense. It’s all about being able to weather the storm up here. This tournament is always competitive. Everybody in this gym can shoot.”

Orlando Anderson added 13 points. Kyle Kruger and James DeVault, who had three dunks in the contest, had 11 each.

Boyce set up DeVault with his first dunk on a fast break for a 27-25 lead with nine minutes left in the first half. DeVault then dazzled the crowd in the Hermansville Community Club gym with a pair late in the second half.

Former Michigan Tech cager Ali Haidar, named Outstanding Player in Class A, paced McNeil’s with 29 points. Point guard Terry Clement added 20 and Darrin Kudwa had 16.

“Adam Lemorande did a great job on their big guy (Haidar),” said Boyce, who also plays professional ball in the Dominican Republic. “We have to give their guys credit. They kept playing.”

Prior to the contest, Frank Rodman of Hermansville was honored and received a plaque for his many years of service to the tournament.

Rodman, who has attended the tournament every year since 1947, served as the tourney’s manager from 1952-68.

His brother, Joe Rodman, was tournament director from 1936-42. The tourney wasn’t held the next three years because of World War II. The event resumed in 1946 when Frank was still fulfilling his military obligations in the Phillippine Islands.

Green Bay reached the title contest with a 55-44 semifinal victory over Escanaba Ludington Grill. Mike Hill led the winners with 16 points. Kruger tallied 14. Anderson hit 12 and Boyce had 11.

McNeil’s won the other semifinal by edging Hermansville Luft’s Advertiser 68-64.

Kudwa scored 23 points for McNeil’s. Haidar hit 14. Clement added 12 and Steve Schahczenski had 10.

Jake Polfus paced Luft’s with 18. Joe Simon tallied 14 and Tyler Kazmierkoski and Ryan Reichel had 11 each.

Ludington Grill opened with a 54-52 triumph over Carney Juice Promotions Saturday night. Andy Herro led the winners with 20 points. Tyler Price scored 17 for Carney.

In Class B, Polfus hit 28 points in the title contest as Powers Lee’s Grenery topped Norway Gallino Seamless Gutters 78-61. Kazmierkoski added 17 and Joe Pontbriand and Mitch Horn had 10 each.

Matt Miller scored 18 points for Gallino’s. Outstanding Player Zach Molnar hit 16, followed by Ryan Rohloff 14, Kurt Schomer 11 and Bryan Arnold 10.

Rohloff hit 16 in Lee’s 62-50 semifinal conquest of Wallace Gary’s Quality Foods. Molnar had 13. Brett Parrett scored 13 and Tom Granquist had 11 for Gary’s.

In another semifinal, Kazmierkoski tossed in 30 and Reggie Nofke added 24 in Gallino’s 86-78 triumph over Norway Team 6. Bryce Bilski led Team 6 with 25. Pat Flood hit 14, Kyle Bellefeuil tallied 13 and Jordan LaPlant had 11.

In Saturday’s quarterfinals, Malnor’s 13 points was enough to pace Lee’s past McNeil’s Oilers 67-42. Wes Austin added 10. Ted Williams scored 13 and Rob Anderson had 12 for McNeil’s.

Mike Polfus scored 29 in Gallino’s in a 76-42 rout of Ludington Grill. Kazmierkoski tallied 19 and Pontbriand collected 18.

Bryce Bilski tossed in 36 points and LaPlant had 20 to lead Team 6 in an 86-75 victory over Menominee McDaddy’s Pub. Schanczenski hit 34 and Sam Larson had 20 for McDaddy’s.

Tom Granquist’s 21 points led the way for Gary’s Quality Foods in a 69-65 triumph over Juice Promotions. Brett Branstrom added 14. Price had 23 for Juice Promotions.