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Monday December 11, 2017
Jets Turn Up Defensive Pressure To Beat Mid Pen

POWERS----They've been waiting to play each other all season long.

And now, the North Central Jets and Mid Peninsula Wolverines will be seeing a lot of each other. Thanks to the schedule-maker and Old Man Winter, the two boys basketball teams will square off against each other three times over a nine-day period of time.

Jets junior Travis Vincent goes up for the shot Saturday night against Mid Pen.
The first meeting was Saturday night in Powers, and the game went back-and-forth before the Jets pulled out a 57-47 victory over the Wolverines.

The win improved North Central's record to 15-3, following the recent loss at Munising.

The game was tight for most of the evening, and then the Wolverines made their move in the third quarter. Mid Pen took a 34-28 lead as Brett Branstrom scored twice but also got his teammtes involved in the offense.

But the Jets got their wake-up call.

North Central's defense clamped down, and the offense started to hit on all cylinders. The Jets went on a 17-2 run over the next four minutes, with Rob Granquist nailing two three-pointers during the spurt. All of sudden, NCA's deficit turned into a 45-36 lead.


Mid Pen's Brett Branstrom for three.
Branstrom forced several shots against a defense that double-teamed...sometimes, triple-teamed him. From the sidelines, NCA Coach Adam Mercier implored his guys to "take the charge", and they did.

It was a physical game at times, and Branstrom was the target. He ended up with 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Brandon Stone scored ten points. NCA got 18 points each from Travis Vincent and Rob Granquist. Tyler Polfus chipped in with eleven points.

Both teams had a surprising amount of energy, considering both had played the night before. North Central faced Bark River-Harris, while Mid Pen took on Republic.

With the loss, Mid Peninsula fell to 12-6 on the season.


NCA's Travis Vincent scores on the back-door play.
The two teams will meet again next Friday night in Perkins, and then they'll play for a third time in the district tournament opener on March 4 in Powers.


Click the thumbnails in the "ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS" box to see more photos and videos from Saturday night's game.






Choose team:
Date Time Opponent Score Record
12/3
8:00 PM
Stephenson Eagles
61 - 48 (W)
1-0
12/6
7:45 PM
at Rapid River Rockets
67 - 47 (W)
2-0
12/10
7:00 PM
at Republic-Michigamme Hawks
60 - 43 (W)
3-0
12/13
8:00 PM
at Carney-Nadeau Wolves
53 - 59 (L)
3-1
1/3
7:45 PM
at Rapid River Rockets
64 - 32 (W)
4-1
1/7
8:00 PM
North Dickinson Nordics
66 - 70 (L)
4-2
1/12
6:00 PM
Superior Central Cougars
65 - 60 (W)
5-2
1/17
7:30 PM
at Big Bay deNoc Black Bears
48 - 39 (W)
6-2
1/25
7:45 PM
Bark River-Harris Broncos
68 - 39 (W)
7-2
1/29
8:00 PM
Carney-Nadeau Wolves
52 - 49 (W)
8-2
2/1
8:00 PM
at Forest Park Trojans
67 - 56 (W)
9-2
2/5
8:00 PM
Republic-Michigamme Hawks
60 - 41 (W)
10-2
2/8
8:00 PM
Big Bay deNoc Black Bears
73 - 45 (W)
11-2
2/12
8:00 PM
at North Dickinson Nordics
53 - 49 (W)
12-2
2/15
8:00 PM
at Stephenson Eagles
57 - 44 (W)
13-2
2/18
7:30 PM
at Munising Mustangs
56 - 63 (L)
13-3
2/22
7:45 PM
at Bark River-Harris Broncos
59 - 47 (W)
14-3
2/23
7:00 PM
Mid Peninsula Wolverines
57 - 47 (W)
15-3
2/26
8:00 PM
Forest Park Trojans
61 - 41 (W)
16-3
2/28
7:30 PM
at Mid Peninsula Wolverines
54 - 41 (W)
17-3
3/4
7:00 PM
Mid Peninsula Wolverines
87 - 65 (W)
18-3
3/6
7:00 PM
Carney-Nadeau Wolves
65 - 54 (W)
19-3
3/8
7:00 PM
at North Dickinson Nordics
54 - 40 (W)
20-3
3/11
6:00 PM
Superior Central Cougars
64 - 61 (W)
21-3
3/13
7:00 PM
Forest Park Trojans
59 - 50 (W)
22-3
3/19
7:00 PM
at Cedarville Trojans
71 - 57 (W)
23-3
3/21
6:00 PM
at Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian Defenders
36 - 51 (L)



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