Balanced attack lifts Kingsford boys past ND
KINGSFORD — With four players in double figures led by Cole Bracket with a game-high 22 points, Kingsford powered past North Dickinson 85-43 in a non-conference boys basketball game here Thursday night.
Chris Carollo chipped in 14 points, while Brody Kopp canned 11 and Mike Meneguzzo added 10 for Kingsford.
“This was another good team win with multiple guys getting involved in scoring. Michael Meneguzzo and Cole Bracket got us off to a good start scoring early,” said Kingsford head coach Dan Olkkonen. “We did a good job sharing the ball and getting very good looks in the first half. Everyone played hard and had positive minutes.
Maximus Mattson led the Nordics with 19 points, while teammate Will Smith chipped in nine points — three trifectas.
“We ran into a physical team tonight. We were out-rebounded and gave up too many points to stay in the game,” said ND head coach Chris Mattson. “Cole Bracket had a great first half — very aggressive to the rack on the back side.”
The Nordics, who fall to 1-7 on the season, return to action tonight as they travel to undefeated Bark River-Harris for a Skyline Central Conference matchup.
“I was proud of the way the guys hustled. There were some good things on our end,” Mattson added.
“North Dickinson plays extremely hard. Mattson and Smith are guys you have to guard behind the arc,” Olkkonen said.
Kingsford, who improved to 7-3 on the season, remains home as they host Great Northern Conference foe and the U.P.S.S.A’s No. 1-ranked team in Division 1-3, Escanaba, Saturday morning. The freshman and JV contests will tip off at 10 a.m. Central, while the varsity game tip off is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.
In the JV game, Kingsford cruised past ND 72-41. Cole Myllyla led all scorers with 16 points, while Ben Trevillian scored 14 points and teammate Isaac Nash chipped in 12. Colin LaFave scored 12 points to lead the Nordics.
N. Dickinson 13 9 11 10 — 43
Kingsford 25 23 17 20 — 85
ND: T. Mattson 4, Gustafson 3, M, Mattson 19, Graham 6, Smith 9, Glasheen 2; FT: 1-6; F: 17; Fouled Out: Donaldson; 3-point FG: Smith 3, Gustafson, Graham.
KINGSFORD: Counter 3, Meneguzzo 10, Pugh 4, Carollo 14, Kopp 11, Slingsby 2, Weber 3, Bracket 22, Paupore 8, Person 5, Larson 3; FT: 12-27; F: 18; Fouled Out: None; 3-point FG: Meneguzzo 3, Carollo, Bracket 2, Paupore 2.
IRON RIVER — Gwinn outscored West Iron 15-10 in the fourth quarter for a 55-52 boys basketball victory on Thursday.
“They shot the ball very well,” said West Iron coach Dan Schive.
The Wykons were led by Justin Nelson’s 25 points. Nate Thomson scored 10 before suffering an ankle injury.
Thomson had missed six games earlier this year and is likely to be out for an extended stretch, Schive said.
Gwinn (6-2) got 17 points from Mastin Love.
The Wykons had the final possession. Nelson drew a foul beyond the arc but it was after the buzzer.
West Iron (5-6, 3-1 WestPAC) goes to Forest Park tonight.
Gwinn 13 19 8 15 — 55
GWINN: Love 17, Harnick 16, Hill 11, Stiler 6, Peterson 5. FT: 3-5. F: 15. 3-point FG: Love 3, Harnick 2, Peterson.
WEST IRON: Nelson 25, Thomson 10, Anderson 5, Ballinger 5, Wickstrom 5, Larson 2. FT: 9-12. F: 13. 3-point FG: Nelson, Thomson, Anderson.