Nordics limit Knights
By BURT ANGELI
NORWAY – North Dickinson’s disruptive defense limited Norway’s shots in a 50-34 non-conference boys basketball decision Monday.
The Nordics, who prevailed 50-35 in a December match-up, pulled away with 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.
“We played better in the second half,” said Nordics coach Chris Mattson, displeased with the results of a 19-16 halftime lead. “We feel pretty good about coming into Norway. This is a very difficult place to win. We’ll take it when we can get it.”
Norway trailed 38-32 with 5:55 left in the fourth quarter when North Dickinson took charge. Coach Ben Leiker figured his Knights shot well but didn’t get enough attempts.
“We shot a good percentage,” said Leiker, indicating 50 percent. “But we couldn’t get the ball into scoring position very often.
“They would pressure a little and we would turn the ball over. We didn’t have the shots and we had way too many turnovers.”
Derek Wagner led the Nordics with 12 points and Mathew Schultz had 10. Reggie Johnson netted four of his nine points in the fourth-quarter run.
North Dickinson drained seven triples in the first win over Norway. The offense went primarily inside Monday.
“It was nice to see some kids involved offensively,” Mattson said. “Derek Wagner had one of his better games this year. He made some big plays for us in the fourth quarter getting his hands on some loose balls.”
Norway, missing four players including starter Garrett Bonetti (ill), collected 12 points from Austin Grayvold and eight from Jason Schultz.
“They did a nice job defensively (in a man-to-man),” Leiker said. “They had no full court press, no traps and a lot of our turnovers were unforced But then again we had the shots when we were able to get it in there.”
Mattson commended Norway for outhustling his Nordics in the first half.
“They outrebounded us and they were getting to loose balls,” Mattson said. “They stuck it to us in the first half. They were aggressive going to the basket and we weren’t.
“It was a slower game and Norway played their zone. They slowed the ball down. We did just enough to win.”
Norway (3-4) hosts Negaunee Thursday and North Dickinson (5-1) travels to Kingsford Friday and hosts North Central on Saturday.
Fourteen points apiece from Austin Guiliani and John Edwardsen sent Norway’s junior varsity past North Dickinson 57-37. Hunter Mattson meshed 14 points and Garrett O’Neil had 10 for the Nordics.
North Dickinson 11 8 14 17 – 50
Norway 6 10 11 7 – 34
NORTH DICKINSON: Berg 6, O’Neil 7, Wagner 12, Johnson 9, Clark 6, Schultz 10. FT: 9-11. F: 14.
NORWAY: A. Grayvold 12, Schultz 8, Rossato 2, Pearman 6, B. Grayvold 6. FT: 3-10. F: 10.
3-point FG: Schultz, O’Neil 2, Wagner.