I t was a big day for Matt Ojala.
The senior scored 17 points and dished out 10 assists as Calumet (2-0) defeated Hancock (0-2) 63-47, while also surpassing the 1,000-point scoring mark. With 1,001 points, Ojala is now the third person to reach the milestone, joining Josh Cone and Tom Mattson.
The best part? Now people will stop asking him about it.
“It feels good because everyone has been asking about it and now I don’t have to hear that question anymore,” he said. “ You can’t get 1,000 points without good teammates. You have to have a good supporting cast.”
Despite his nonchalance now, Ojala recognizes the significance of the moment.
“I guess it hasn’t been done much in Calumet history, so I’ll look back and feel better about it eventually,” he said.
On Thursday he got support from Brevin Antilla who scored 15 points on five 3s.
Hancock was led by Peyton Anderson with 12 points and Devin Raasio with 11.
The Calumet victory came after a late-game win over Negaunee earlier in the week, something that was on coach Mike Ojala’s mind before playing Hancock.
“I was worried about how we would respond after an emotional win on Tuesday,” he said. “The kids played solid against a tough Hancock team.”
Next up, Calumet hosts Iron Mountain on Thursday, and Hancock travels to L’Anse on Monday.
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Hancock 12 8 14 13 — 47
Calumet 21 12 22 8 — 63
Hancock — Watson 7, Chynoweth 9, Sintkowski 3, Aho 1, Raasio 11, Anderson 12, Bal 2, Williams 2. Free throws: 6-19. 3-point field goals: Watson 2, Chynoweth 2, Anderson. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: None.
Calumet — Brandon Antilla 9, Matt Ojala 17, Brevin Antilla 15, Travis Ojala 9, McParlan 4, Twardzik 3, Torola 4, Ekdahl 2. Free throws: 11-20. 3-point field goals: Brandon Antilla, Brevin Antilla 5, Matt Ojala, Travis Ojala. Fouls: 18. Fouled out: Torola.