Kingsford back on track
By BURT ANGELI
KINGSFORD – The Kingsford Flivvers, with Tuesday’s loss to Iron Mountain well in their rear view mirror, slammed Northland Pines 74-51 in non-conference boys basketball Thursday.
Kingsford canned a season-high 31 field goals and Aidan Wienke hooped 13 of his team-high 19 points in the third quarter.
“We talked about coming back after Tuesday,” said Olkkonen, whose Flivvers yielded 24 points to Luke Zambon and missed seven shots from within four feet in the 51-47 decision. “I had no real regrets (as far as strategy). The kids played hard and it was Iron Mountain’s night.”
“Our focus tonight was getting out and having fun.”
Kingsford, with just three of its 17 turnovers in the first half, rolled to a 42-22 halftime lead. Caleb Harrington scored all 11 of his points in the first two quarters.
The 6-foot-4 Wienke dominated the third quarter with 13 straight points including two putbacks.
“We wanted to be able to play a lot of guys and we accomplished that,” Olkkonen said. “These are the guys that work hard in practice every day and don’t get a lot of the minutes. I was proud of them down the stretch.”
The “ham-and-eggers” made the most of their well deserved minutes. Olkkonen liked the way they put up points, made nice passes and handled pressure.
“They had a lot of nice passes and looked for each other,” Olkkonen said. “They really worked it around. Whether the bucket went in or not they were looking for each other.”
Soph starter Daniel Harrington chipped in nine Flivver points on three triples.
Josh Shields, who made a great mid-court steal that resulted in a lay-up, tacked on eight. Nick Baldwin also sparkled with a nifty pass to Jackson Glodowski for two of his eight points.
Jon Eichmann’s 21 points topped the Eagles (2-19), who made 20 turnovers. Cooper Kerner added 14 points.
Kingsford (11-4) hits the road next week for a pair of Great Northern Conference games against Menominee (Monday) and league champion Marquette (Friday).
“We have a big week,” said Olkkonen, noting a December loss to Escanaba squashed its title chances. “This is for GNC pride and a huge finish before the districts.”
“We can’t just glide in and think it doesn’t matter anymore. Every game matters.”
Austin Stanchina’s 11 points helped the Flivver jayvees down the Eagles 64-39.
Northland Pines 7 15 11 18 – 51
Kingsford 23 19 15 17 – 74
NORTHLAND PINES: Levan 4, Skarbek 2, Kerner 14, Eichman 21, McGill 7, Helgeson 2, Gensler 1. FT: 11-18. F: 12. Fouled out: Kerner.
KINGSFORD: D. Harrington 9, Baldwin 1, Jennings 3, C. Harrington 11, Tengesdahl 2, Schaut 2, Allen 4, Wienke 19, Michaud 6, Shields 9, Glodowski 8. FT: 6-12. F: 15.
3-point FG: D. Harrington 3, Jennings, C. Harrington, Allen, Eichman 5, McGill. FG shooting: Kingsford 31-58. Rebounding: Kingsford 28.