THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Menominee Survives Thriller Over Gladstone
The Menominee Maroons fought hard and never let up in their 63-61 win over the visiting Gladstone Braves Friday night.
From start to finish this was anyone game. Neither team let up and blows were traded to the final seconds were the Maroons distinguished themselves with some exemplary free throw shooting.
Hunter Hass proved to be a weapon for the Maroons in this one, starting the night with some accurate shooting. He sunk three behind the arc jumpers to get the Maroons rolling.
Thanks to Hass's shooting and some quick rebounding the Maroons held the 17-10 edge after the first quarter.
The quarter began with a Gladstone three pointer which was answered by Hass on a layup.
Moments later Hass sunk his first behind the arc jumper for a 5-5 tie.
A short while later Hass hit his second three pointer for a 10-10 tie. After the Hass three Menominee took control to end the quarter as Levi Kempka made a layup followed by another Hass three and a Marcus McKenney baseline score to end the quarter ahead.
Hass opened the second with a quick score and after a couple Gladstone score saw his teammate Tanner Mathias drive in a rebound score. Kempka hit on a three point bucket next to make it a 24-14 game.
After a couple scores including a three point Gladstone was sitting back 27-23.
But before they could regain their composure Haps sunk yet another three point bucket to make it 31-23 to end the half.
After the intermission the Braves sized the lead which had been in the hands of the Maroons from the start, going up 38-37.
Menominee's Johnathan Antilla recaptured the lead moments later off a layup. It would be the only time the Maroons vacated the lead.
Going into the fourth the Maroons were ahead 45-41 as the battle began to really heat up.
Gladstone opened the half with a three point bucket which was answered by Menominee's Antilla on another three to make it 48-44.
Menominee went conservative over the remaining minutes of the fourth, deciding to go with long possessions that killed most of the clock. Gladstone had little choice but to begin fouling.
By the end of the foul fest the Maroons had made 13 of their 15 free throws. The final two were made by the man who started the show, Hass. He connected on those final two shots to give Menominee the 63-58 lead with three second left.
Hass was the evenings top performer with 28 points. Teammates Mathias, Kempka and Antilla all chipped in nine each.
Gladstone was led by Rudy Peterson with 17 points and Spindler with 13 while Reece Castor got 12 points.