L'Anse Purple Hornets

Gremlins top Hornets despite fourth quarter comeback

Thursday- The LAnse Purple Hornets boys basketball team traveled to Houghton to take on the Gremlins.

In the first quarter both team seemed to be a bit out of control forcing early turnovers. After one the Gremlins lead, 19-13.

The second quarter both teams seemed to settle down, but Gremlins Brad Sirards foul trouble started early and he struggled throughout the entire game.

Sirard was a key player before the game, but Reese Waara of the Hornets held Sirard to seven points.

The third quarter was all Houghton as they pulled to a 45-29 lead as the Hornets scored two points in the entire quarter.

The fourth quarter perhaps was a different story, LAnse pressed and forced Houghton to multiple turnovers.

However, it wasn’t enough for the Hornets. As the Gremlins win, 45-54

George Butvilas of the Gremlins lead both teams in scoring with 21. Elliot Majlessi finished with 13 points.

For LAnse Alec Rajala lead the team in scoring with 12. Terry Reed finished with 11 points, six rebounds, five assists and five steals. Reese Waara was close to finishing with a tripple double eight points, nine rebounds, nine assists.

“For a lot of 1st time Varsity players and only 1 starter from last year we played very well for 3 quarters. The 1st half we missed 10 wide open layups and got killed on the glass and were only down 5 at the half. The 3rd quarter was the difference in the game we got out scored 13-2 and were 1-10 from the field. With Sirard having 3 fouls in the 1st half we wanted to attack the glass in the 3rd quarter but we got stagnant and settled for jump shots rather then attacking the rim. The 4th quarter we held them to 1 fg but they were 7-10 from the line in the 4th. If we continue to box out and play good defense we will be fine. “ – LAnse coach -Kyle Koski.


FIRST: 13-19
SECOND: 27-32
THIRD: 29-45



Rajala 12 pts 10 re
Reed 11,6,5,5steals
Jacobson 4 pts
Waara 8,9,9
Laplante 8,8
Niemi 2,5
Free throws 2-6
3’s 5-14
2’s 14-37
Total 19-51


Keskimaki 8
Butvilas 21
Majlessi 13
Scott 5
Sirard 7 and 5 fouls
Free throws 11-16
Fgs 19- ?

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