Big Second Half Propels Westwood To Victory In District Opener

The Westwood Patriots are moving on after topping Manistique 46-29 in their District 66 first round matchup.

Manistique led 11-9 after one quarter and neither team recorded field goal in the second stanza until Ty Alderton’s layup at the 4:00 mark. Westwood briefly took a one-point lead before halftime but the Emeralds led 17-15 at the break.

After being held to 15 first half points, the Patriots erupted for 16 in the third quarter. Westwood took the lead for good midway through the frame and led 31-23 entering the fourth. The Patriot lead never dipped below double digits for the final six minutes of the game as the team outscored the Emeralds 31-12 after halftime.

Nathan Beckman led the Pats with 15 points. Taylor Dellangelo added ten and seven of Blake Hewitt’s nine points came in the fourth quarter to help Westwood pull away. The Patriots are now 12-9 and visit Negaunee in the district semifinals on Wednesday. Negaunee (13-7) won both regular season meetings, 44-32 on February 6th and 49-46 last Wednesday.

Queens Of The Conference: Pats Take Home The Hardware

Westwood never trailed Thursday night, routing Gwinn 49-26 to claim a pair of conference championships. With the win, the Patriots have clinched the Mid Peninsula Conference title for the first time since 2013 and the West Peninsula Athletic Conference title for the first time ever.

Westwood raced out to a 10-0 lead, forcing a Gwinn timeout. The Modeltowners got within six points in the final minute of the second quarter but Tessa Leece knocked down her third three-pointer of the first half to put Westwood up 24-15 at halftime.

Early in the third quarter, Gwinn trimmed Westwood’s lead to six points but the Patriots responded with an 11-0 run and would lead by double digits for the rest of the night.

Leece poured in a game-high 23 points while Madelyn Koski added 15 to lead the Patriots. Westwood improves to 18-1 and closes the regular season next Thursday at Kingsford.

Westwood Boys Fall In Regular Season Finale

Westwood led after every quarter except the last one on Wednesday, falling at Negaunee 49-46 in the regular season finale for both teams.

The two rivals strung together three consecutive 5-0 runs in the first half as Westwood led 13-11 after one quarter and 27-26 at halftime. Neither team led by more than four points through the first two stanzas.

Negaunee scored the first four points of the third quarter but Westwood ripped off an 11-0 run and forced a Negaunee timeout. The Miners responded with an 11-0 run of their own to take a 41-38 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

Westwood scored six of the next seven points to retake the lead before Negaunee tied the game at 44-all with 2:05 left to play. The Miners then got a defensive stop and retook the lead with a pair of made free throws at the 1:07 mark. Then Negaunee forced a turnover and the Patriots committed their tenth team foul on the defensive end. Negaunee made both free throws to go up 48-44 with 31 seconds remaining and Westwood couldn’t connect on a deep three-point try during their next possession. Negaunee split a pair of free throws attempts with seven seconds left and a Taylor Dellangelo layup before the buzzer was too little, too late.

Blake Hewitt finished with 15 points, Nathan Beckman had 12 and Taylor Dellangelo 11 to lead three Patriots in double figures. Negaunee‘s Jason Waterman turned in a game-high 18 points to top the Miners. Westwood ends the regular season at 11-9 and have now lost their last three games by a combined eight points. The Patriots begin postseason play on Monday at Manistique. Westwood won both regular season meetings against the Emeralds; 52-45 on February 1st and 62-48 on February 8th. The winner will play Negaunee (13-7) on Wednesday in the district semifinals.

Patriot Boys Fall To Gladstone In OT

The Westwood boys basketball team took Gladstone to overtime before ultimately falling 57-53 on Monday.

The Patriots led by as many as eight points in the first quarter but Gladstone scored the final four points of the frame to get within 16-12 after one. The Braves tied the game on multiple occasions in the second quarter but Westwood went into the halftime break with a 28-23 lead.

The Patriots maintained a slim lead through the third quarter and led 43-39 heading to the fourth. The lead changed hands several times in the final minutes of regulation. Tied at 53-all, Westwood turned the ball over with 38 seconds to play. Gladstone played for the final shot but a three-point try at the buzzer fell short.

Gladstone’s Reece Castor scored a layup to give his team the lead with two minutes left in the overtime session. Trailing by two, Westwood called a timeout with 16 seconds left but turned the ball over. Castor picked up the lose ball and scored a layup with five seconds left to seal the victory.

Ty Alderton led Westwood with 14 points. Blake Hewitt finished with 11 and Jacob Adriano had ten. Castor, a Northern Michigan commit, turned in a game-high 18 points as Gladstone improves to 11-7 overall. Westwood falls to 11-8 and will close the regular season Wednesday at Negaunee.

Patriots Down Negaunee, Clinch Share of MPC Crown

The Westwood girls basketball won their sixth consecutive game and clinched a share of the Mid Peninsula Conference championship on Friday, downing rival Negaunee 53-40 at Westwood High School.

Negaunee led 10-6 after one quarter but Westwood took their first lead with 7:07 to play in the first half when Madelyn Koski buried a three-pointer and the Pats remained on top from then on. Westwood scored the first eight points of the second quarter and outscored the Miners 18-8 in the stanza for a 24-18 halftime lead. Negaunee got within 40-35 after three quarters but that’s as close as they would get in the second half as Westwood opened the fourth frame with an 11-0 run to pull away.

Tessa Leece led the Westwood attack with 19 points. Natalie Prophet followed with 11 while Karlie Patron and Koski each added nine. Westwood is now 17-1 and can clinch the Mid Peninsula Conference championship with a victory at Gwinn next Thursday.

Patriots Fall After The Buzzer In Calumet

Will Twardzik was the hero for Calumet on Thursday, splitting a pair of free throw attempts with no time left in the fourth quarter to lift the Copper Kings over Westwood 45-44 in West PAC action.

Westwood scored the first six points of the game before Calumet answered with an 8-0 run. The Patriots used a second 6-0 run to take a 12-10 lead after one quarter. The two teams went back-and-forth early in the second frame but Westwood ended the first half on a 10-3 run and led 30-21 at the break.

Westwood’s biggest lead was 12 points early in the third quarter but Calumet roared back to get within 36-32 heading to the fourth. Westwood’s Taylor Dellangelo made a layup to put the Pats up 44-41 with 53 seconds to play but Matt Ojala tied the game with a three-pointer moments later. A deadball foul with 30 seconds left gave Calumet possession and Twardzik was fouled as time expired while trying to tip in an offensive rebound. The officials ruled no time was to be put back on the clock and Twardzik’s first free throw clanged off the left side of the rim. His second shot, however, was nothing but net to give Calumet the victory.

Nathan Beckman knocked down five triples and led Westwood with 17 points while Blake Hewitt followed with eight. The Patriots fall to 11-7 and host Gladstone on Monday. The Westwood junior varsity team topped Calumet 66-24 earlier in the evening.

Big Night For Patriot Basketball

The Westwood boys basketball team set a new season-high in points scored on Wednesday, downing the Gwinn Modeltowners 71-48 in Gwinn.

The Patriots never trailed, jumping out to a 10-5 lead. Gwinn responded with a 7-2 run to tie the game early in the second quarter but then Westwood rattled off 12 unanswered points and led by double-digits the rest of the way.

Leading 37-16 at halftime, the Pats went up by as many as 22 points early in the second half. Gwinn managed to get the deficit down to 45-30 after three quarters and were within 11 early in the fourth before Westwood scored 17 of the contest’s final 22 points.

Taylor Dellangelo led the way with 19 points, Nathan Beckman had 17 and Ty Alderton added 13 as seven different Patriots got in the scorebook. Westwood improves to 11-6 overall and visits Calumet on Thursday.

The Patriot girls earned a signature non-conference win on Wednesday, topping Marquette 45-37 at Westwood High School.

The Patriots led 10-8 after one quarter, 28-17 at halftime and 40-24 after three. Marquette got within single digits twice in the final three minutes but could get no closer than seven down the stretch. Marquette (13-3) entered the night averaging 55 points per game.

The Redettes, who’ve already locked up the Great Northern Conference championship, saw their 12-game winning streak come to a close. Madelyn Koski led all scorers with 15 points while Tessa Leece finished with 12 and Karlie Patron added ten. Westwood improves to 16-1 and hosts Negaunee on Friday.

Top-Ranked IM Downs Westwood

Iron Mountain, the top-ranked boys basketball team in the UP, led wire-to-wire on Monday as they topped Westwood 67-40 in West PAC action.

Iron Mountain scored the first nine points of the game before Ty Alderton converted an old-fashioned three-point play with 3:39 left in the opening quarter. Westwood got within four points early in the second frame but Iron Mountain answered with a 15-6 run. Westwood got within single digits late in the first half but the Mountaineers led 34-23 at the break.

The Mountaineers opened the second half with a 9-2 run, forcing a Patriot timeout with 5:17 to play in the third quarter. Iron Mountain led 50-36 after three and held multiple 25-point fourth quarter advantages.

Blake Hewitt led Westwood with 16 points and turned in a season-high seven assists. The Patriots drop to 10-6 while Iron Mountain improves to 16-0 overall. Westwood returns to action Tuesday night at Gwinn.

Patriot Hoopers Sweep Emeralds

The Westwood basketball teams both took down Manistique on Friday.

The Patriot girls cruised past the Emeralds 56-19 to start the evening. Manistique led 4-3 but Westwood responded with a 14-0 run and led by double digits the rest of the way. The Patriots shutout the Emeralds in the second quarter and scored 27 of the last 31 points in the first half to lead 30-8 at the break.

Madelyn Koski led the way with 13 points while Mallory Leece added a career-high nine. Natalie Prophet finished with nine points, ten rebounds and seven blocks in her varsity debut. Westwood improves to 15-1 and welcomes Marquette on Tuesday.

The Patriot boys never trailed en route to a 62-48 win over Manistique. The Patriots led 16-9 after one quarter and increased their advantage to 35-20 at halftime. Westwood stretched the lead to 19 points after three quarters and Manistique could get no closer than 12 in the fourth frame.

Ty Alderton and Taylor Dellangelo each scored 16 points while Nathan Beckman added 12 to pace the Pats. Westwood is now 10-5 and hosts Iron Mountain on Monday.

Negaunee Boys Down Westwood

The Negaunee boys basketball team never trailed Wednesday night, topping Westwood 44-32 in West PAC action.

Westwood was held scoreless until the 3:52 mark in the opening quarter before battling back to tie the game at eight. Negaunee split a pair of free throws to end the first quarter and led 9-8 after one. Negaunee maintained a slim lead through the second quarter and led 16-13 at halftime.

However, all of Negaunee sharpshooter Jason Waterman’s team-high 15 points came after halftime. The Miners ended the third quarter on a 10-4 run, capped by a Jackson Sager triple with two seconds left and led 32-22 after three. Negaunee led by as many as 13 points in the fourth quarter. Westwood got within single digits when Nathan Beckman knocked down a trey with 1:42 to go but could get no closer.

Ty Alderton led Westwood with ten points while Beckman added nine. The Patriots fall to 9-5 on the year and host Manistique on Friday. The Westwood junior varsity team topped Negaunee 57-32 earlier in the evening.