A Historic Night: Flivvs’ Beauchamp, Terrian reach milestones in loss to Braves
Beauchamp becomes Kingsford’s all-time leading scorer; Terrian scores 1,000th point
It was Gladstone’s third straight win in a final week of tuning before the district tournament next week.
Although Thursday won’t go in the books as a win, it’ll go down as one of Kingsford’s most historic nights.
Tyler Beauchamp scored 22 points and became Kingsford’s all-time leading scorer. Luke Terrian scored a game-high 31 points to surpass 1,000 career points.
Beauchamp went into Thursday’s game needing 17 points to pass Steve Short (1,036), who set the mark in 2005.
“It’s one thing to get to a thousand. It’s another thing to break the all-time leading scoring record,” Beauchamp said. “Focus on the game was just win, just to beat Gladstone.”
Terrian entered Thursday’s game needing 25 points for his milestone. He set his mark first by receiving a pass down low, backing down a defender before spinning to the right block and laying it in with 2:58 left in the third. Terrian said he didn’t realize he achieved the milestone until after he went back on defense.
“I didn’t really know exactly where I was at,” Terrian said post-game in the locker room. “I was just playing.”
Beauchamp, sitting beside him smiling, said “I knew.”
“Yeah, he let me know,” Terrian said. “I didn’t know that’s what it was until he put his hands up and celebrated.”
Play was briefly stopped and the announcement to the crowd was met with applause.
Three minutes of game time later, with 7:51 in the fourth, Beauchamp was fouled going to the rim and hit both free throws to surpass Short’s mark. The free throws also made it a one-point game. The play was blown dead for another announcement and resumed. A timeout soon after gave Kingsford head coach Dan Olkkonen a chance to congratulate Beauchamp, having already given a hug and handshake to Terrian at the end of the third quarter.
“It was a great ending to a three-year career and spending time with those guys. They’ve been top-notch,” Olkkonen said. “They’ve left a great footprint on our baskebtall program over the years. They’re really good kids and they’re well respected. They walk around the halls and they do the right things. They’re smart. They’re going on to do some great things in college and great things in the community. It’s been a lot of fun and we’re going to miss these guys.”
Beauchamp reached the 1,000-point mark on Monday at Menominee with free throws.
“The thousandth point was on a free throw too, so it was kind of weird,” Beauchamp said. “I blocked it out, just played the game and see what happens.”
But the collective 53 points between the duo wasn’t enough to overcome Gladstone, whose speed and transition game was too much to overcome.
Reece Castor paced Gladstone with 30 points. Carson Shea added 15 points.
“We’ve been trying to notch up wins and get a little roll going into the tournament here,” Gladstone coach Dane Quigley said. “That was a tough fought game. Kingsford’s got two excellent players in Terrian and Beauchamp. We knew coming up here it wasn’t going to be a walk in the park and we’d have to grind it out.”
Both teams hung within a few points until the Braves (12-7) created breathing room late in the second quarter with an eight-point advantage.
Gladstone opened a 12-point in the third quarter, but the Flivvers battled back to make it a three-point game going into the fourth.
It was Kingsford’s fifth game in eight days.
“I was proud of that because I realize we got outmatched a little bit in the first half just with individual man-to-man,” Olkkonen said of Gladstone. “We switched it to zone, caught a few breaks and all of a sudden had momentum. I think we took the lead at one point in the third quarter. Tied it up in the third and fourth. That’s the leadership, poise and confidence that (Beauchamp and Terrian) bring to the team. We were very disappointed in the loss because of the effort that we gave. It’s been five games in eight days. It’s been tough. Losing two of them kind of sucks, but for us it’s really about building our team for Monday.”
Kingsford opens the Division 2 District 33 tournament hosting Houghton at 5 p.m. Monday CST. Gladstone hosts at 5 p.m. Feb. 27.
The Kingsford-Houghton winner faces Escanaba on Feb. 27.
Gladstone 21 19 15 18 — 73
Kingsford 24 8 20 15 — 67
GLADSTONE (73): Reece Castor 30, Shea 15, Rane Castor 10, Crow 6, Downey 5, Ballard 4, St. John 3. FT: 3-4. F: 12. 3PT: Reece Castor 2, Downey 1, St. John 1.
KINGSFORD (67): Terrian 31, Beauchamp 22, Mann 9, Kopp 5. FT: 7-11. F: 15. 3PT: Beauchamp 4, Terrian 3, Mann 1.