Mountaineers shake off Ishpeming, 64-42

Wonders closes in on 2,000 career points

(Daryl T. Jarvinen photo) Iron Mountain’s Jurgen Kleiman (44) pulls down a rebound away from a trio of Ishpeming defenders, including Jayce Kipling (1) and Alex Sundberg (5), on Friday night in a West PAC and Mid-Peninsula Conference game at Ishpeming High School.

ISHPEMING — Behind a career-high and game-high 45 points from senior Foster Wonders, Iron Mountain blasted Ishpeming 64-42 in a West PAC and Mid-Peninsula Conference boys basketball game Friday night.

“We struggled in the first half, giving up 25 points,” said Iron Mountain head coach Harvey “Bucky” Johnson. “We were better from there on out, only gave up 17 points in the second half.”

The Hematites did have three players score in double figures, with Jayce Kipling leading the way at 16 points. Griffin Argall chipped in 11 and Alex Sundberg added 10.

“Tonight was back to back games, with very little preparation for Ishpeming. Give their kids and coaches some credit, they were pretty well prepared,” Johnson said.

“Foster had another terrific game, and Bryce (Pietrantonio) played pretty good in the second half and Dante (Basanese) was very scrappy all night on defense,” Johnson added.

Pietrantonio contributed nine points for Iron Mountain, with Jurgen Kleiman and Basanese each scoring four points, and Caleb Evosevich-Hynes two.

The Mountaineers, who improved to 11-0 (7-0 West PAC, 4-0 Mid Pen) return home for a non-conference showdown with U.P.S.S.A No. 1-ranked and undefeated Escanaba on Tuesday night.

Wonders sits at 1,999 career points going into the Mountaineers’ next game. Tip off from the Mountaineer Gymnasium on Tuesday is at 6:15 p.m.

Iron Mountain 19 12 20 13 — 64

Ishpeming 15 10 12 5 — 42


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