BIG COMEBACK: Hematites Rally To Beat Broncos

HARRIS---The Ishpeming High School boys basketball team shook off a horrendous start and beat the Bark River-Harris Broncos, 67-56, Monday night.

It was the first ever meeting between the schools in basketball.

Bark River-Harris jumped to a 10-0 lead, and had a commanding 23-5 lead at the end of the first quarter. Riley Bray scored eight points and Carter Zawacki added seven in that quarter, and the Broncos' 1-3-1 zone defense gave Ishpeming fits.

But the Hematites turned things around in the second quarter. They turned the tables on the Broncos by outscoring BR-H, 24-12, to close the deficit to 35-29 at halftime.

Jacob Kluger nailed two triples and scored eight points in the quarter, John Corkin and Jaycee Kipling both hit three-point baskets.

Things got even worse for the Broncos in the third quarter, when they scored only four points against the tough Ishpeming defense. After Ishpeming took its first lead midway through the quarter, a Nick Javurek steal and layup made it a 39-39 game.

Corkin responded for Ishpeming with two straight triples, making it 45-39.

In the fourth quarter, the Hematites continued pulling away as Ben Pruett hit a triple and two-point basket. Ishpeming made just enough free throws in the fourth quarter (8-of-15) to cruise to a win that an hour earlier looked to be unlikely.

Corkin led the Hematites with a game-high 18 points. Jake Kugler added 14 points as the Hematites improved to 4-8 on the season. 

BR-H (6-7) was led by Bray's 17 points. Zawacki added 11 points.

Click the thumbnails in the ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS box above to see photos and videos, and hear comments from Ishpeming Coach George Niemi.

Banging on the drums at BR-H basketball
Joey Stein goes inside for the Broncos basket.
Ishpeming's Jake Kugler nails the triple vs BR-H
Ishpeming's John Corkin nails second straight triple
Nick Javurek with the steal and basket for BR-H
Ben Pruett passes to Jayce Kipling for the basket
Jake  Kugler with the basket for Ishpeming
Nick Javurek steal; Dylon Lippens with the putback for BR-H
Riley Bray with the and-one basket for Broncos

LISTEN: Ishpeming Coach George Neimi comments