ONTONAGON - Ewen-Trout Creek's Dillon Gordon served notice about just how dominant he wants to be offensively in Monday's season opener.
The senior scored 18 points in the first quarter and 37 in the first half as the Panthers dumped Ontonagon 74-36 on Opening Night.
"He would penetrate a step or two inside the arc, get my guys on their heels, step back and he was money all night," Ontonagon coach Tim Nelson said.
After the first quarter, which E-TC led 29-13, Nelson switched to a box-and-one to put full-time attention on Gordon, who crossed the 1,000-point mark and earned All-U.P. Class D First Team honors last season.
"We had a guy on him at all times plus help and it didn't matter. He was just on fire," Nelson said.
Gordon made nine 3-pointers and finished with 39 points, outscoring the Gladiators by himself.
The output is Gordon's eighth of 30 or more points in his career (he had 30 in both regular season meetings vs. Ontonagon last season) and equals a career high set against Forest Park March 7 in the Class D district semifinals at Crystal Falls.
The Panthers, who led 52-21 at halftime, took their foot off the gas pedal after the break.
Tony Soumis and Kyle Karttunen co-led Ontonagon with eight points apiece.
"Our lack of experience really showed tonight, both with handling the ball and running the offense. Nobody seemed to want to step up," Nelson said.
E-TC, which won the JV game, hosts Hancock Thursday night. The Gladiators remain at home to face Calumet Thursday.
Ewen-TC 29 23 9 13 - 74
Ontonagon 13 8 8 7 - 36
Ewen-Trout Creek - Logan Maki 7, Tanner Driesenga 2, Mike Borseth 6, Zack Leskela 1, Cole Besonen 4, Nick Hearns 8, Dillon Gordon 39, Keith Kauss 2, Lane Brown 5; FT: 4-8; Fouls: 13; 3-point field goals: Maki 1, Brown 1, Gordon 9.
Ontonagon - Noel Jenny 2, Luke Pattison 3, Tony Soumis 8, Kyle Karttunen 8, Eric Majurin 5, Aaron Kaikko 6, Kelly Dhooge 4; FT: 10-18; Fouls: 10; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Soumis 1, Majurin 1.
Lake Linden-Hubbell 68, Baraga 24
LAKE LINDEN - The Lakes had no trouble in their Copper Country Conference and season opener, getting 22 points from Tyler Roose to take down the Vikings.
"Our defense was really good and we were able to get the tempo of the game up and our good pressure defense and running the ball," LL-H coach Jack Kumpula said.
Setting the tempo was important, as the Lakes dressed 15 players to the Vikings' eight.
LL-H took an 18-7 lead after the first and ascended through the gears, leading 33-16 at halftime before zooming away to a 31-5 third quarter run.
"We got a lot of easy looks with our pressure defense and running and when we did set it up, we were patient, worked things through and we hit some shots," Kumpula said.
Roose's 22 equaled a career high set Feb. 7 vs. Ewen-Trout Creek.
"Tyler was just taking it to the basket well. Normally, he's a pretty good shooter, but tonight he was just smooth," Kumpula said.
Dylan Huckstaedt and Zach Owens co-led Baraga with five points apiece. The Vikings host Chassell Thursday.
LL-H, which also got 11 points from Luke Monette, is back in action Dec. 10 at Hancock. The Lakes also won the JV game.
Baraga 7 9 5 3 - 24
LL-Hubbell 18 15 31 4 - 68
Baraga - Dylan Huckstaedt 5, Zach Owens 5, Bill Mayo 4, Jonah Goodreau 4, Harley Lindemann 3, Austin Smith 3; FT: 6-12; Fouls: 15; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: none.
Lake Linden-Hubbell - Tyler Roose 22, Luke Monette 11, Trent Ambuehl 8, Ryan Knoll 8, Trevor Ongie 5, Cole Beauchamp 5, Konrad Klein 5, Eric Seppala 2, Zach Mongeau 1, Coy Budweg 1; FT: 9-17; Fouls: 14; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Roose 2.
L'Anse 64, Jeffers 55
PAINESDALE - A fast start and some big scorers were the difference for the Purple Hornets starting 2012-13 with a road win.
L'Anse scored 20 points in the first quarter and led 34-21 at halftime, an advantage Jeffers was unable to dismantle.
"We didn't get out of the gates quick enough like we wanted to," Jeffers coach Duane Snell said.
Both sides had big featured scorers: For the winners, Jimmy Veker poured in 27 and got help from Keith Denomie's 18 and Daniel Perrow's 13.
Jeffers was unable to take advantage of career nights for both Troy Kinnunen (31) and Alex Outinen (23), coming within eight in the second half.
Kinnunen's 31 eclipsed a career mark set at Lake Linden-Hubbell Feb. 17, while Outinen's 23 were most since he put 22 on Ontonagon Feb. 24. Unfortunately, for the Jets, the rest of the team combined for a single point.
"It's not like they didn't have an opportunity to finish. You've got to finish and they have to contribute more, whether it be rebounding or scoring," Snell said.
Jeffers hosts Dollar Bay on Thursday night to open Copper Country Conference play. L'Anse opens its WestPAC slate the same night at Houghton.
L'Anse20 14 14 16 - 64
Jeffers12 9 18 16 - 55
L'Anse - Daniel Perrow 13, Joey Hansen 2, Jacob Ostermeyer 4, Keith Denomie 18, James Veker 27; FT: 5-11; Fouls: 14; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Perrow 2, Denomie 2, Veker 1.
Jeffers - Alex Outinen 23, Troy Kinnunen 31, Myles Rajala 1; FT: 8-9; Fouls: 17; Fouled out: Rajala; 3-point field goals: Outinen 2, Kinnunen 3.