Manistique – The Manistique Boys varsity basketball team is off to a great start in the 08-09 campaign beating the Norway Knights here Friday night 57-52. After a cold first half shooting spell by both teams, Matt Baker hit a three at the horn to tie the game at 21 going into the halftime locker room. However, Manistique returned from the break on fire as Jared Turan hit a pair of triples to open the second half, sparking a 9-0 run and and out scoring the Knights 18 to 13 to lead 39-34 after three periods of play. In the final stanza the Knights refused to go quietly getting a Jake Meneghini three point shot to cut the lead down to two points. It would be as close as Norway would get. Hampered by foul trouble and out of time outs, the Knights were forced to foul with :6 seconds left. Gunner Michelson needing to make only one of two to put put the game in the win column, sank both free throws for the five point victory.
Earlier in the week the Emeralds opened the season by defeating the Iron Mountain Mountaineers 64-55. The Emeralds (2-0 conf. 2-0 overall) play host to the Newberry Indians Tuesday the 16th. before traveling to Gwinn on Friday the 19th..
Manistique won the jayvee game 52-43