N egaunee’s stark reality was it needed career games from its talented backcourt if the Miners were going to upset rival Marquette. Because there’s only so much scheming even Dan Waterman can do to compensate for the length and athleticism of the 6-10 Marius Grazulis. You’re not going to block his shot, and he’s probably going to block yours and alter a bunch more. It is what it is.
That left Negaunee’s fate to the talented Jakson Sager and the sharpshooting duo of Jason Waterman and Drew Lindberg. Besides a certain point guard in Calumet, no other player is in the same class with Sager as a ballhandler, and it’s Waterman and Lindberg who thrive off catch-and-shoot 3s courtesy of Sager’s playmaking ability. They gave their team a chance, even against a Marquette team that features perhaps the best perimeter defense in the UP.