By TOM KAESER
For The Daily News
MENOMINEE - Kingsford prepared to defend the inside against Menominee Monday night but the Maroons knocked down the back door in a Great Northern Conference rout.
Menominee’s Adam Nolde drives in against the defense of Kingsford’s Reid Berndt during their game Monday in Menominee.
Menominee sank eight 3-pointers, including six by sophomore Adam Nolde, and burned the Flivvers with its transition game in a 63-37 home victory.
The Maroons rode a 13-0 run to a 24-9 lead early in the second quarter.
The Flivver cut the margin to 26-16 in the second quarter when Devon Harris and Nolde gunned in 3-pointers to fuel an 11-2 closing flurry that carried the Maroons to a 37-18 halftime lead.
"We got it to 10 and they buried a couple of 3-pointers. Instead of 10, it goes to a 19-point lead," Kingsford coach Dan Olkkonen said. "That's been the story of our last couple of games."
With the Flivvers sagging on the Maroons' post players, Nolde scorched them with his blistering 3-point shooting in the third quarter.
He popped in four triples, including a triple with three seconds left that padded the lead to 59-28.
"He's going to keep getting better because he's a gym rat," Menominee coach Pete Pericolosi said of Nolde. "In the summer, if he missed his first three shots, he would quit shooting. He doesn't do that now.
"In the fall he got up at 5 a.m. and went to the Y, then lifted weights with the football team and then played baseball."
Nolde sank 6 of his 11 shots from the arc and was 7 of 15 overall.
"Against a team like Menominee, we talked about their inside play," Olkkonen said. "We packed it in but they did a good job of seeing the floor and Nolde got open looks and he nailed 'em."
The Flivvers, who are shooting under 30 percent on the season, sank just 11 of 36 shots, including a 2 of 9 struggle from 3-point range.
Menominee turned Kingsford turnovers into transition baskets while connecting on 27 of 61 chances (44 percent).
Harris and freshman Marcus McKenney diced up the Kingsford defense with their precision passes as they each dished off eight assists.
"Devon Harris had an exceptional game," said Pericolosi. "He was seeing the court and getting the ball (inside) to Tyler (Howell) and (Ty) Clausen. McKenney had a real nice game, too."
Harris added 13 points to his assist work, Clausen worked the paint for 10 points and McKenney had nine points. McKenney and Harris used their quickness to lead the Maroons to a 28-21 advantage on the boards with five rebounds each.
Dan Harrington and Jack Glodowoski each had 11 points to lead the Flivvers (0-3 GNC, 1-7 overall) and Gladowski had seven rebounds.
"I couldn't be prouder of how hard these kids work," said Olkkonen. "They show up and they everything we ask."
Menominee won the freshman game 54-25 and Kingsford rallied from a 37-29 deficit after the third quarter to win the junior varsity game 45-43. Nick Smith paced the Flivvers with 22 points.
The Maroons (2-2 GNC, 4-3 overall) play host to Southern Door Thursday. The Flivvers head to Marquette Thursday.
(Tom Kaeser is assistant sports editor of The EagleHerald of Marinette)
KINGSFORD (37) - Gregory 4, Hofer 3, Jensen 2, Voss 5, Harrington 11, Tengesdahl 1, Glodowski 11. Totals - FG: 13 FT: 9-14 F: 5
MENOMINEE (63) - McKenney 9, Harris 13, Nolde 20, Clausen 10, Brown 3, Howell 6. Totals - FG: 27 FT: 1-2 F: 13
Kingsford 9 9 10 9 - 37
Menominee 15 22 22 4 - 63