Strong start for senior basketballers

An eight-game schedule doesn’t leave a team much time to get their engines warm if they want to take a run at top spot.
But, then, wasting time has never been big on Paul Noonan’s priority list.
Noonan and co-coach Mike Busch have the Muskie senior boys’ basketball team off to a flying start with a 2-0 record after Tuesday afternoon’s 67-57 victory over the host Dryden Eagles in NorWOSSA action.
Kevin Gemmell had a team-high 21 for Fort Frances, who played the game without guards Larry Pham and Anwar Chabloui (school commitments). Cullan McGinnis chipped in with 11, while Mark Buist added nine.
The Muskies were somewhat shaky in their regular-season opener last Thursday in Kenora, almost frittering away a 35-22 halftime lead before steadying themselves in time to earn the 57-54 victory over the Broncos.
Gemmell had 18 points to lead the Muskie attack against Kenora while McGinnis added 12. Glen Williams nearly orchestrated the upset single-handedly for the Broncos with a 27-point outing.
But the junior Muskies have not been able to court similar success so far as the team has fallen in their first two league games, including yesterday’s 53-40 loss in Dryden.
Again, the top scorers were unavailable by press time.
Still, Fort High did play significantly better yesterday than they did in their first contest last Thursday—a 59-26 drubbing at the hands of the host Broncos.
Danny Chapman paced the Muskies with six points in that one.
Both squads return to Nor- WOSSA action Jan. 8 when they host the Broncos.