2018-02-01 / Sports

Munising Takes Comeback Win Over Engadine

By Stephen King

For the first half of the game between the Engadine Eagles and the Munising Mustangs, it looked as if this was going to be the upset of the week, as it was all Engadine. But the Mustangs mounted a tremendous comeback in the second half and got the win 82-61 Tuesday, January 23.

The game was originally scheduled for January 22, but was delayed by weather.

Mustangs Coach Terry Kienitz said, “I’m very proud of the way our team played tonight. We started out a little slowly. I don’t like making excuses, but we had about two weeks without a game. Engadine is a good team and they came out strong. But going into the third, we knew they had some foul trouble, so we started attacking inside. Then, our outside shooting picked up, which was something else we talked about at halftime. This drew their defense in and opened it up for outside shooters. This worked, and we were able to get the win. I have to give Engadine credit. Our team may have underestimated them a little coming in. I am really proud of the way we played tonight.”

At the beginning of the game, Scout Bigger was working the inside and getting the shots and converting. At the same time, Andrew Blanchard was working the outside and the lanes and racking up points. Meanwhile, Drake DeWyse had hit on three threes. This gave the Eagles the 35-25 lead at the half.

Things started bouncing right for the Mustangs in the second half. Cade Contreras came out of the locker room on fire. He started off with three threes in the third quarter, then adding two more in the fourth, hitting for 26 in the second half and 31 for the night. This sparked his teammates to follow his lead, going from a mediocre first half, to putting up 57 in the second half and totally turning things around on the Eagles and coming away with the win.

Eagles Coach Walter Hansen said, “This was a tough loss. We came out and played them great in the first half and had the lead. Then, they came out in the second half and just started shooting the lights out. Our kids still did great tonight. They played an excellent game against what is maybe the best team in the U.P. And what’s even better, is that they keep looking better. Each game we play, they are improving. Right now, we are starting to look ahead to districts.”

Engadine statistics: Scout Bigger 22, Drake DeWyse 15, Andrew Blanchard 12, Hugh Bigelow 11, Ian McArthur 5, Max Butkovich 2. Free throws: 7-9. Fouls: 20. 3-point field goals: 10 (DeWyse 5, Bigger 3, Bigelow 1, McArthur 1).

Munising statistics: Cade Contreras 31, Savatory 15, Jesse. Matson 12, Alex Blank 12, Logan Waldren 6, Anthony Mattson 6. Free throws: 15- 22. Fouls: 13. 3-point field goals: 10 (Contraras 6, Waldren 2, Savatory 1, Blank 1).

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