Ishpeming Hematites (51) Boys Basketball at Houghton Gremlins (45)
Houghton, MI – February 3rd, 2015 – The Ishpeming Hematites boys basketball team took on the Houghton Gremlins in Houghton tonight. Mike Plourde and Bob Nadeau brought you the action live on 98.3 WRUP!
Dominic Suardini had the first 4 points of the game for the Hematites, followed by a putback by Ozzy Corp to take a 6-0 lead. Houghton got on the board with a jumpshot, followed by Travis Fredy scoring to make it 8-2. After a 3-pointer from Houghton, Corp scored again in the post to give the Hematites a 10-5 lead. Houghton scored again from behind the arc, and then Thomas Finegan hit a free throw to make it 11-8. Houghton then hit their third straight 3-pointer, tying the game at 11. Ishpeming got a 3-pointer of their own when Kyle Torres made a deep shot to make it 14-11. After the Hematites scored on fastbreak, Finegan made another free throw making it 17-11 with 1:10 left in the quarter.
First Quarter Score:
Ishpeming Hematites 17
Houghton Gremlins 13
Luke Kuliu scored for the Hematites on the first play in the second quarter, and then on the next Ishpeming possession he scored again on a putback shot. Kuliu grabbed another offensive rebound on the next play, scoring again to make it 23-13. Houghton got their first point of the quarter at the free throw line with 5:10 left, followed by a 3-pointer to make it 23-17. Kuliu scored twice more, giving him all 10 of Ishpeming’s second quarter points, and the Hematites went into halftime up 27-20.
Ishpeming Hematites 27
Houghton Gremlins 20
A quick 7 point Gremlins run tied the game early in the third, but a 3-pointer from Corp untied it. A jumper by Kuliu, followed by a Gremlin basket, gave Ishpeming a 32-29 lead. Both teams went scoreless for a long stretch in the quarter until Kuliu scored in the paint with under a minute left. Houghton hit a 3-pointer to make it 34-32 going into the final quarter.
Third Quarter Score:
Ishpeming Hematites 34
Houghton Gremlins 32
The game was tied at 34 when Houghton scored on their first possession in the final quarter. A free throw from Ozzy Hakarinen gave the Hematites a 1-point lead. Thomas Finegan scored on a floater in the paint,and then hit 2 free throws on the next play, giving Ishpeming a 5-point lead. Fredy scored a basket, followed by 4 straight points by Finegan, and Ishpeming was up 45-40. Ishpeming finished the game at the free throw line, and won the game 51-45.
Ishpeming Hematites 51
Houghton Gremlins 45
The Hematites were lead in scoring by Luke Kuliu, who had 19 points, and Thomas Finegan, who scored 12 in the win. The Freshman team defeated Houghton 41-17, and the JV team lost 54-61.
The Ishpeming Hematites will take on the Iron Mountain Mountaineers at home on Friday, February 6th, at 7:30pm on 98.3 WRUP and WRUP.com!