Ishpeming Hematites Boys Basketball (45) VS Marquette Redmen (49) on 98.3 WRUP and WRUP.com 01/19/2016
Marquette, Michigan – January 19th, 2016 – Mike Plourde and Bob Nadeau were in Marquette, MI for the Ishpeming Hematites boys game against the Marquette Redmen on 98.3 WRUP and streaming live at WRUP.com. The Hematites looked to keep their season going strong, and Mike and Bob brought you their stats and predictions during the Honor Credit Union pregame show!
The Ishpeming Hematites entered the game against the Marquette Redmen with a record of 5-1, but the Redmen were sure to give Ishpeming a run for their money. Ishpeming took the opening tip-off, but Marquette was the first to put points on the scoreboard. It was a game of defense in the first quarter, and the Hematites’ Ozzy Corp came up big when he rejected a shot from just outside the paint with just under two minutes left in the first. The first quarter ended with the Marquette Redmen in front of the Hematites by a score of 5-7.
Thomas Finegan had a great play for the Ishpeming Hematites when he went end-to-end and finished with a layup to tie the score at 7-7 less than a minute into the quarter. Luke Kuliu added to Ishpeming’s success when he nailed a three-pointer to move the Hematites in front of Marquette 10-9 with under five minutes left in the first half. It continued to be a low-scoring affair, and both teams had players starting to approach foul trouble. Ishpeming began to find their stride later in the quarter, and they went on a seven point, unanswered scoring run to make the score 14-9 in favor of the Hematites. As the first half began to wind down, the Redmen were able to work their way back in front of the Hematites by a score of 15-17.
First Half Score:
Ishpeming Hematites: 15
Marquette Redmen: 17
The taller Ishpeming Hematites were again able to win the opening tip-off, but their first drive of the half was quickly stopped by the Marquette Redmen. It continued to be a low-scoring game, and two minutes into the quarter, the score was again tied at 19-19. Thomas Finegan continued to play an excellent game when he tied the game at 25-25 with three minutes left in the third on a running jump shot through traffic. Ishpeming was able to fight their way in front of the Redmen 27-25 with under one-thirty left in the quarter, but fouls from the Hematites allowed Marquette to tie the score up at 27-27 one play later.
As the final quarter began, the Ishpeming Hematites barely trailed the Marquette Redmen. Defense continued to be the highlight of the game for both teams, and the low-scoring game worked on the players’ nerves as there began to be some pushing and shoving. Marquette’s fouls put Ishpeming into the double bonus with plenty of time left in the quarter to take advantage of the opportunity, but the Hematites approached putting Marquette into the double bonus as well. With three minutes left in the game, the Redmen worked their way back in front of Ishpeming by five points with just over three minutes left in the game. The intensity in the gym grew as the clock ticked down, and Ishpeming made it a close game when they came to within two points of Marquette. However, they were unable to overtake the Redmen for the win.
Final Game Score:
Ishpeming Hematites: 45
Marquette Redmen: 49
Join us 01/21/2016 as the Ishpeming Hematite boys battle the Gwinn ModelTowners in Ishpeming, MI. Mike Plourde and Bob Nadeau will have the Honor Credit Union Pregame Show for you along with all the exciting action, only on 98.3 WRUP and WRUP.com! Don’t miss a beat!