The Isle Huskies boys basketball team overall record stood at 7-13 following wins over Floodwood and Onamia last week.
Eleven Isle players got into the scoring column to the delight of their parents on “Parents Night” when the Huskies routed the Floodwood Polar Bears, 84-34 on Feb. 3.
Thanks in part to 18 points by Lucas Gross and 12 from Teagen Haggberg, the Huskies built a 20-point lead by halftime.
Isle continued the onslaught with a 33-4 run with six minutes left in the second period at which time, running time was installed and Isle’s starters were pulled, allowing bench players to finish the game.
Isle finished the game with 30 field goals, including 9 3-pointers and made good on 15 of 17 shots at the free-throw line.
The Huskies led in field goal percentage, 51 percent to 24.
Gross and Haggberg combined for 48 points.
Floodwood 24 10 34
Isle 44 40 84
Scoring: Gross 25, Haggberg 23, Buehring 8, Stalker 6, Big Bear 6, Smith 5, Sablan 4, Risvold 2, Pendegayosh 2, Pojanowski 2, Remer 1.
Chances are when the 2019-20 basketball season ends in three weeks, two games the Isle boys will remember most were their improbable win over Braham on Jan. 24, and their exciting victory over traditional rival Onamia last Thursday.
For 56 years, until ending in the mid 1990s, Isle and Onamia High boys basketball teams played each other in their final meeting each season with the prize being a statuette of Babe, the Blue Ox. In what is still referred to by many as the Blue Ox Game, the Huskies this year beat the Panthers in a close encounter, 55-51 on Feb. 6.
The contest was as close as the final score would indicate.
Behind their two scoring guns, Josh Parrow for Onamia and Lucas Gross for Isle, who put up a collective 31 first-half points, the Huskies held a 3-point lead by intermission.
That Isle lead grew to nine points early in the final period, but Onamia came back to tie the score at 49-49 with just under two minutes remaining.
From then on, it was Isle senior Eldayshun Big Bear to the rescue. He had earlier in the game set a new school record for career assists, and capped off his special evening with a clutch 3-pointer and later made an important free-throw to help secure the win.
Parrow finished the game with 26 points and Gross had 24 to lead their teams on offense.
The game may have been decided at the free-throw line where Isle was 8-13 and Onamia was 1-2.
Isle 31 24 55
Onamia 28 23 51
Scoring: Isle: Gross 24, Haggberg 9, Beuhring 8, Big Bear 7, Smith 7. Onamia:
Parrow 26, Eagle 9, Iaquinto 6, Nickaboine 4, Drift 4, Ecker 2.