Flivvers get by Nordics
By RON DEUTER
FELCH – Caleb Harrington and Aidan Wienke combined for 39 points as Kingsford fought off North Dickinson 62-49 in non-conference boys basketball here Thursday evening.
Harrington scored 20 points while Wienke put in 19 for the Flivvers, who were able to overcome a 20-point effort by North Dickinson’s Cody Berg.
“North Dickinson is a scrappy team,” Flivvers coach Dan Olkkonen said. “No matter what, they give it everything they have. They always play up a level, and it’s awesome.”
Kingsford worked to double-digit leads in each quarter but were unable to completely put the Nordics away. The Flivvers’ largest lead was 20 with about six minutes to play in the fourth quarter, but again, North Dickinson answered.
Triples by Berg and Logan O’Neil fueled a 13-2 run, as the Nordics came back to within nine before running out of steam.
“They kind of pulled away there,” Nordics coach Chris Mattson said. “We could have called it quits at that point, but we dug in and made some shots, picked up the tempo a little bit.”
Solid free throw shooting in the final few minutes helped the Flivvers maintain their advantage.
Kingsford was 17-of-23 from the line. Harrington hit on 9-of-10 tries from the stripe.
“North Dickinson is a team that’s not going to roll over, they never have,” Olkkonen said, mentioning how pleased he’s been with the matchup over the past several years. “I think they did a great job. I’m glad we responded and knocked some free throws down at the end.”
Matt Schultz added 12 points for the Nordics, all in the second half.
“We kind of dug ourselves a hole in the first half,” Mattson said. “We couldn’t score the ball, but our boys did respond very well.”
Kingsford led by 12 at halftime, but North Dickinson scored seven of the first nine points of the second half to close within single digits. Schultz ignited the run with a bucket inside.
“I liked some things that we did tonight,” Mattson said. “Schultz
took the ball to the hole. Berg looked for his shot, had some nice 3-point buckets. I was real pleased with the way my team attacked the basket.
“We’re pointing in the right direction.”
Harrington scored 18 of his 20 after halftime, sitting most of the first half with foul trouble. Kingsford also got eight points and eight boards from Cole Michaud. Dalton Allen continued his 3-point contributions, sinking two of the five he attempted.
“We wanted to get a little more rotations in there, get a couple guys in different spots” Olkkonen said. “We just want to keep going, keep doing the same things we’ve been doing. Try to crete habits.
“We’re just happy to walk out of here with a W.”
Kingsford improved to 7-2.
“They’ve got a solid club,” Mattson said. “Wienke is very good inside. Harrington did a fine job in the second half.”
The Flivvers won the jayvee contest 75-63, getting 13 points from Tyler Roberts.
Kingsford hosts Northland Pines Tuesday, while North Dickinson (2-6) welcomes Forest Park.
Kingsford16 11 19 16 – 62
N. Dickinson 11 4 19 15 – 49
KINGSFORD: Harrington 20, Wienke 19, Michaud 8, Allen 6, Baldwin 6, Glodowski 3. FT: 17-23. F: 14.
NORTH DICKINSON: Berg 20, Schultz 12, Pekarek 5, O’Neil 5, Clark 4, Lindeman 2, Christian 1. FT: 7-16. F: 20.
FG shooting – K: 21-39 (3-pt: 3-7); ND: 19-54 (3-pt: 4-16). 3-pt FGs – K: Allen (2), Harrington; ND: Berg (3), O’Neil. Rebounding – K: 34 (Michaud 8); ND: 27 (Berg 7).