Ishpeming Hematites Boys Basketball (57) VS Houghton Gremlins (47) on 98.3 WRUP and WRUP.com 02/24/2016
Ishpeming, Michigan – February 24th, 2016 – Mike Plourde and Bob Nadeau were in Ishpeming, MI for the Ishpeming Hematites boys game against the Houghton Gremlins 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!
It was a make-up game on a Wednesday night when the Ishpeming Hematites took on the Houghton Gremlins due to a major snowstorm two weeks prior. Ishpeming broke out to an early four-point lead, but the Gremlins made a three pointer, which started a big scoring run for Houghton. With three minutes left in the first, Houghton led 7-16, and their run was put to an end when Hart Holmgren weaved his way through multiple defenders and drained a short jump shot. At the end of the first quarter, the Gremlins continued to lead with a score of 9-19 on 98.3 WRUP.
The Ishpeming Hematites had to fight hard to overcome the scoring deficit from the first quarter, but despite their best efforts, they couldn’t stop Houghton’s offense. In the first two minutes of the quarter, the Gremlins added six quick points to their score while shutting the Hematites out. Even though it continued to be a tough game for Ishpeming, their offense eventually found their ability to score and made up some significant ground on the Gremlins. With one minute remaining in the first half, the Hematites found themselves trailing by under ten points, but they trailed by 11 at the half.
First Half Score:
Ishpeming Hematites: 18
Houghton Gremlins: 29
To start the second half of play, the Ishpeming Hematites took the opening tip off, but they were shut down on their first drive of the quarter. Ishpeming’s deficit to the Gremlins remained fairly static throughout the first half of the third quarter, but Mitch Uhl came alive for the Hematites. Through the first two and a half quarters, he made three out of four three point shots, and that helped Ishpeming remain competitive. Hart Holmgren also added to the Hematites’ comeback when he drained a long three point shot which brought Ishpeming to within six points of Houghton. Hart Holmgren continued to be on fire, and his very next shot was another three-pointer which made it a one-point game. Ishpeming took the lead with ANOTHER three-pointer, and the Gremlins were left without an answer. Nick Comment made the score 41-38 in favor of the Hematites when he too made a three point shot with less than a minute left in the quarter. When the third quarter buzzer rang, Ishpeming barely led with a score of 43-39.
The Ishpeming Hematite boys pulled a complete turn around in the third quarter, and they found themselves leading the Houghton Gremlins by four points at the start of the final quarter. The Hematites’ impressive offense didn’t let up, and they soon gained a nearly ten-point lead. The frustration for the Gremlins players was becoming apparent, and multiple Houghton players were in serious foul trouble midway through the fourth. The excitement in the gym grew, as the last two minutes of play started, and Ishpeming was able to keep a ten-point lead over Houghton. With less than one minute in the game and a twelve-point lead, Ishpeming’s victory was assured.
Final Game Score:
Ishpeming Hematites: 57
Houghton Gremlins: 47
Join us 02/25/2016 as the Ishpeming Hematite girls battle the Negaunee Miners in Negaunee, 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!