First-quarter lead evaporates, Flivvers lose 75-51
KINGSFORD — With four players scoring in double figures, Marquette overcame a five- point deficit to begin the second quarter and rolled past Kingsford Friday night, 75-51 in Great Northern Conference boys basketball.
Marquette’s Lincoln Sager led all scorers with 19 points. Kam Karp added 14 points and Ty Lotterman and Isaac Johnson both chipped in 12 for the No. 3 ranked Redmen, who lost at No. 4 Escanaba earlier in the week, for the first time in a decade.
The Flivvers came out of the gate running all over the floor, pushing the tempo in transition and scoring points. The Redmen starting five seemed lethargic in comparison to the young Flivvers and it showed on the scoreboard with Kingsford leading 17-12.
“Our starting five and into our sixth-man, didn’t have the energy they should’ve to start the game tonight and it showed,” said Marquette head coach Brad Nelson.
“We’ve been doing really well game planning and getting ready in practice to
come out of the blocks hard like we did tonight, we had a really good first quarter tonight,” said Kingsford head coach Dan Olkkonen. “Then the second quarter came and we left too many points out there, missing shots, especially near the basket.”
Marquette went fairly deep into its bench early in the game. There was good reason for that, Nelson explained.
“I wanted to send a message to our guys that normally play the most, that their low energy level wasn’t acceptable. It starts on the defensive end and then things offensively seem to flow better as well,” he said.
As the second quarter started, both teams came out in half court offensive sets. The Redmen went on a 7-0 scoring run and took the lead 19-17, which seemed to take the wind out of the Flivvers.
Cole Bracket scored 10 points for Kingsford, while freshman Nick Nora added 10 points as well, but off the bench, to lead the Flivvers in scoring on the evening.
“Karp and Thompson get up the floor so fast in transition (for Marquette) and we needed to make more shots than we did tonight,” Olkkonen said. “I don’t know why, but the shots weren’t going in, especially on second chance attempts.”
In the first half, it seemed like Kingsford’s amount of offensive rebounds at least doubled Marquette’s defensive rebounds, but like coach Olkkonen said, “the shots weren’t going in.”
Marquette began to press the Flivvers at half or 3/4 court in the second period, which disrupted Kingsford and they began to turn the ball over. The Redmen took a 33-24 lead to the locker room at halftime.
In the third period, Marquette’s full court pressure and athleticism caused several Kingsford turnovers that Marquette turned into points. The rest of the second half played out fairly similar to the way third quarter did.
“I’m proud of my kids’ effort as a whole, especially our bench players who came in and gave us the spark we needed,” Nelson said. “Dan (Olkkonen) is doing a great job with that young team. They’re going to be a good team by the end of the season.”
Kingsford’s effort game in, and game out is 100%. Players are up and down the floor until the final buzzer sounds, regardless of the score of the game.
“Kingsford fans should be proud of how hard our boys play every night,” said Olkkonen.
The Flivvers (1-4, 0-2) travel to Forest Park on Monday. Marquette (5-2, 2-1) is off until Friday at Menominee.
In the JV contest, Marquette slipped past Kingsford 50-48. Owen Beauchamp and Jordan DeMay combined for 30 points for the Redmen. Nathan Bousley led the Flivvers with 13 points in the losing effort.
The Flivver freshmen defeated Marquette 44-34 behind 15 points from Cole Myllyla.
Marquette 12 21 25 17 — 75
Kingsford 17 7 15 12– 51
MARQUETTE: Karp 14, Lotterman 12, Wyble 3, Sager 19, Thomson 2, Langlois 2,
Jurmu 2, I. Johnson 12. FT: 9-13. F: 20. 3-point FG: I. Johnson (3), Lotterman, Sager. Fouled Out: None.
KINGSFORD: Bilgreen 3, Boone 1, Nora 10, Paupore 9, Carollo 8, Kopp 2, Bracket 10, Meneguzzo 8. FT: 14-19. F: 14. 3-point FG: Paupore (3) Fouled Out: None.