N egaunee can test you in certain ways. Even for a team as talented and athletic as No. 1 Iron Mountain. The No. 3 Miners run methodical halfcourt sets with multiple options that can wear on your defense, and they defend with discipline, usually backed by some unique scheme from coach Dan Waterman. So really, it can feel like a postseason matchup when you meet them.
“It did feel like that kind of game,” Iron Mountain coach Bucky Johnson said. “It’s always a grind with them. They’re real patient offensively so they’re going to work it around and use a lot of clock on offense.”