MARINETTE — Marinette's seventh-grade boys' basketball team defeated Escanaba 31-23 on Thursday.

Marinette led 16-15 at halftime, then took control by playing great defense.

Tanner Fayta led Marinette with 13 points, Brett Nygren scored seven, Dominic Smerchek had six, Bryce Schrem four and Cale Ducane three.