Monday – The L’Anse Purple Hornets hosted their rival the Baraga Vikings.
The Hornets started the game pressuring the Vikings guards as they brought the ball up the court and within thirty seconds to start the game it caused the Vikings coach Chris Loonsfoot to call a timeout, as the Hornets jumped to a 5-0 start.
“We wanted to come out Flying from the the opening tipoff. Laplante won the tip to Sanregret who flipped it over the top to Waara who ran it down, LAnse up 2-0.
Laplante stole the inbound he kicked it out to Reed for 3 up 5-0 time out Baraga. That’s the start we were looking for couldn’t draw it up any better.
I wanted to press Baraga as much as we could tonight to make the game up tempo and hopefully get some easy buckets in transition to help us get going and that’s exactly what happened tonight.
A lot of kids stepped up big tonight we dove for every loose ball, boxed out, ran our break, and finally played with some grit!
If we could only play with this mentality of the Baraga Vs LAnse game, the battle of the bay we can be a decent team going forward.” – L’Anse coach Kyle Koski
The second and third quarter were the bright spots for Baraga as freshman Presley Rasenen hit two three pointers, and Zack Sackett hit a three as well.
For L’Anse it was junior Reese Waara who lead the charge as he finished with 15 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 6 steals.
Another bright spot for LAnse was Alec Rajala who finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
MY THOUGHTS: The Purple Hornets outplayed the Vikings… L’Anse looked 10X better than in their matchup against Houghton.. The three referees seemed to be clueless majority of the game…
Baraga 6 15 18 7 — 36
L’Anse 16 14 18 13 — 61
Baraga — G. Lindemann 2, C. Lindemann 9, Smith 3, Ripley 3, Rasanes 8, Gleason 2, Koskinen 2, Jondreau 2, Sackett 5. F: 21;
Fouled out: G. Lindemann;
Free throws: 2-11;
3-point field goals: C. Lindemann 2, Rasanes 2, Smith, Sackett.
L’Anse –Rajala 14, Reed 8, Jacobson 5, Waara 15, Sanregret 4, Crawford 5, Laplante 8, Niemi 2. F: 16;
Fouled out: None;
Free throws: 12-25; 3-point field goals: Reed 2, Jacobson, Waara, Crawford.
L’Anse goes to Calumet on Jan. 4. Baraga (0-4) travels to Calumet tonight