Flivvers put down Maroons, 57-36
By TOM KAESER
For The Daily News
MENOMINEE – If Monday’s game was a statement game for Kingsford, the dominating effort of the Flivvers is still reverberating around the rafters in the Menominee gym.
Coming out charged up and energized from the opening tip, the Flivvers clinched sole possession of second place in the Great Northern Conference with a 57-36 thumping of the Maroons.
With just Northland Pines on their schedule since Feb. 12, Kingsford couldn’t wait to hit the Menominee floor.
“We’ve were chomping,” coach Dan Olkkonen said. “We’ve been ready to go and play at Menominee and then Marquette (Thursday) for the last week. The kids took a lot of pride in preparing. We’ve never come down here and gotten a win like this.”
Point guard Caleb Harrington ripped apart the Maroons with his drives up the lane and pierced them with daggers from 3-point range.
Harrington rang up a season-high 25 points, including four 3-pointers.
“Harrington controlled the whole game,” said Menominee coach Pete Pericolosi. “They just steamrolled us. We weren’t even close to their intensity.”
Kingsford held an 11-point lead early in the second quarter before stinging the Maroons with four straight shots to command a 38-18 lead at halftime.
Harrington ignited the closing salvo with a pair of daggers from the 3-point arc and Cole Michaud converted a three-point play. The Flivvers worked the ball down to four seconds when Harrington drilled in a shot from the wing to push the margin to 38-18 heading into the final quarter.
“Caleb is getting better and better at point guard,” said Olkkonen. “He does a great job of controlling the floor and controlling the tempo.”
The Flivvers sank torched the net at a 55 percent clip in the first half and finished with a 49 percent night from the floor (24 of 49), including a brisk 6 of 12 barrage from 3-point range.
The Flivvers hammered out a 32-19 advantage on the glass.
“They came out aggressively, like there was no tomorrow, and we were passive,” Pericolosi said. “We couldn’t press them and we couldn’t defend them in our half-court defense. We were playing pretty good defense before this.”
Michaud had 11 points for the Flivvers and Aidan Wienke added eight. Wienke ripped down 10 rebounds as Kingsford limited the Maroons to five offensive rebounds.
Menominee connected on just 16 of 56 shots, including a 2 of 13 slog from 3-point range.
Jared Rivard topped the Maroons with 11 points and Jaden Kleinke had eight. Bryan Hines, coming off a 24-point binge against Gladstone Friday, sat down with foul trouble in the first quarter and was held scoreless.
“When we don’t get anything from (Hines), we’re hurting,” Pericolosi said.
Kingsford improves to 5-2 in the GNC while Menominee (7-9) falls to 3-4.
Menominee’s junior varsity overcame Joe Hofer’s 14 points (four triples) in a 64-52 decision. The Great Northern Conference champion Flivver freshmen rolled 61-47 behind 36 points from Nick Smith, Sam Santi and Chris Roell.
Kingsford 21 17 11 8 – 57
Menominee 7 11 11 7 – 36
KINGSFORD (57) – Harrington 25, Baldwin 4, Jennings 2, Wienke 8, Michaud 11, Glodowski 2, Harrington 6. Totals – FG: 24-49 FT: 4-7 F: 5
MENOMINEE (36) – Jar. Rivard 11, Harris 5, Brown 2, Jer. Rivard 7, Howell 3, Kleinke 8. Totals – FG: 16-56 FT: 2-6 F: 8