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Ishpeming’s Dondre Yohe gets off a shot as he splits the Gladstone defense in their high school boys basketball game played at the Hematites’ gym on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy Daryl T. Jarvinen)

made them hit their tough shots and we wanted them to beat us from the outside. Anthony Katona, Ishpeming head coach, on the Hematites defense against Gladstone

Despite the heavy snow dumped on the Upper Peninsula from Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning, there was still one basketball game in Marquette County that went on.

For the fans that made it to Ishpeming High School to watch that game, they were rewarded with a good one.

Hematites junior forward Darius Yohe and Gladstone junior guard Reece Castor each scored 26 points to lead their respective teams as Ishpeming defeated Upper Peninsula ranked Gladstone 56 53 on Tuesday night in a game competitive throughout. 4 in Class A B C for the poll three weeks.

Ishpeming head coach Anthony Katona said improvements from the first time they faced Gladstone in December, a 77 67 defeat, helped his team earn redemption.

was definitely back and forth, he said. did a lot of little things right that we didn do the first time against them. We took care of the basketball to start the game, we made our easy buckets and that was the difference maker for us.

did a little bit better on defense. We made them hit their tough shots and we wanted them to beat us from the outside and not give them any easy looks down low.

Gladstone head coach Dan Quigley couldn be reached for comment after the game.

Ishpeming started out to a 4 0 lead and didn surrender that lead in the first quarter, holding a 19 13 advantage at the end of the period.

The Braves had the hot hand toward the end of the second quarter, though. With the Hematites ahead 23 15, Gladstone scored 10 unanswered points to go up 25 23 for its first lead of the game on a basket from senior forward Brad Spindler.

Ishpeming responded immediately with a bucket from junior guard Hunter Smith to tie the game at 25, but the Braves scored the final four points of the half to go up 29 25 at the break.

Gladstone carried the momentum into the third, pulling ahead by as many as 10 points, 41 31.

At that point, Ishpeming senior guard Hart Holmgren got a basket and drew a foul to complete the three point play, then stole the ball on the next Gladstone possession and finished the break with a slam dunk to pull the Hematites within 41 36 and give his team a boost of energy.

Yohe hit a bucket to start the fourth, putting the Hematites within three at 41 38. That was followed by a 3 pointer from junior guard Gavin Sundberg to tie the game at 41 before Yohe gave his team the lead back with another basket.

The Braves tried to respond with Castor taking several shot attempts and drives to the basket that were blocked by the Hematites defense. When the Hematites finally got the defensive rebound, Yohe hit a long 2 to put Ishpeming up 45 41, forcing Gladstone to call timeout with 6:02 to play.

Yohe said the last basket was a game changer.

was a big change, he said. was so ecstatic. It was a happy time. wasn done, eventually tying the game again at 48 48. Yohe came up big again, though, making a bucket, getting fouled and sinking the free throw to put the Hematites back up 51 48.

A series of free throws on both ends gave Gladstone a 53 52 lead with 52.8 seconds to play. After a Braves foul, Sundberg hit two free throws to put Ishpeming back on top again, 54 53 with 13.9 seconds left.

Castor then drove to the basket and was blocked as the ball went out of bounds to Ishpeming with 7.8 seconds left.

After two more Hematites free throws to make the lead three with 5.6 seconds left, Castor went for the overtime forcing 3 that missed off the rim at the buzzer.
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