HOUGHTON - The Houghton boys' basketball team recorded its highest offensive output of the season and pushed its win total into double digits after a 75-53 non-conference win over Ontonagon Thursday.
The Gremlins (10-4) broke open a 33-21 game at halftime with 27 points in the third quarter alone.
"In the second half, we came out and turned up the intensity on the defensive end. We did a real good job with our full-court press at the start of the second half. That really allowed us to pull away," Houghton coach Jared Lawson said.
Cody Goodreau set a career scoring high and led Houghton with 23 points, while Zack Ohtonen added 20, 17 of them coming from the free-throw line, where the Gremlins were 26-for-33 as a team.
Aaron Kaikko poured in 23 to pace the Gladiators (3-11).
Ontonagon 12 9 14 18 - 53
Houghton 21 12 27 15 - 75
Ontonagon - Luke Pattison 2, Tony Soumis 13, Kyle Karttunen 8, Eric Majurin 4, David Pollard 3, Aaron Kaikko 23; FT: 12-16; Fouls: 22; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Kaikko 1.
Houghton - Trent Keteri 10, Anthony Godby 3, Cody Goodreau 23, Zack Ohtonen 20, Manjere Hungwe 6, Ben Collaer 4, Dyson Bastian 2, Justin Ruotsala 4, Tom Strome 3; FT: 26-33; Fouls: 18; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Keteri 2, Godby 1, Goodreau 1, Hungwe 1.