Flivvers hitting stride
By RON DEUTER
FELCH – There was no stopping Kingsford’s Dan Harrington Thursday evening.
The junior poured in game bests with 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Flivvers in a comfortable 61-35 non-conference win over North Dickinson at Carl F. Lemin Gymnasium in the regular-season finale for both teams.
“Harrington had a heck of a game,” Nordics head coach Chris Mattson said. He was on the offensive boards, getting putbacks. He hit a couple of outside shots, went to the rim nice. He was a tough cover for us.”
Harrington had eight points in the first quarter and 17 by half. He sunk two of Kingsford’s seven triples, helping the Flivvers to a 54-percent mark from beyond the arc.
“He seemed like he was everywhere around the rim,” Flivvers coach Dan Olkkonen said.
Kingsford jumped out a quick 7-2 lead and really never looked back. They pumped the advantage to double digits by the break, and North Dickinson never got closer than 12 the rest of the game.
“I liked our defensive intensity,” Olkkonen said. “We really looked at trying to step up on the guards more. Logan O’Neil is a really good point guard, one of the top in the U.P. We really wanted to pressure them.”
O’Neil had 13 points and Noah Berg, with a six-point first quarter, scored 12 to lead North Dickinson’s offense. But the Nordics did a good portion of their scoring at the foul line, struggling from the field where they only shoot 26 percent for the game.
“They beat us in every phase of the game,” Mattson said. “They just did what they wanted to do on the offensive end and we didn’t have an answer for them. We weren’t hitting our shots. They just had it rolling tonight and there was nothing North Dickinson could do.”
Joe Hofer and Noah Voss each added a couple of threes for the Flivvers. Jack Glodowski scored another seven points.
Kingsford commanded the boards with a season-best 56 rebounds, 18 of those on the offensive end. The Flivvers also forced ND into 16 turnovers, coming up with nine steals.
“I was happy they way the guys played together,” Olkkonen said. “It was nice to see. they all kind of had that hunger. Everyone contributed. Things were going right, the guys got comfortable and then we were able to play loose. That’s something we haven’t been able to do a lot of this year. It’s fun playing loose out there.”
Kingsford finished the regular season 6-11 but enters district play as a potentially scary team with five wins in the past seven games. The Flivvers open districts at home, hosting Houghton Monday at 6 p.m.
Kingsford also won the junior varsity game, taking a 68-48 decision. Brady Hicks (14), Nick Smith (13) and Dylan Dalsanto (13) paced the Flivvers offense.
North Dickinson finished its season 12-8. District play for the Nordics also begins Monday with a home game against Hannahville at 6 p.m.
Kingsford 13 15 14 19 – 61
North Dickinson 10 6 10 9 – 35
KINGSFORD: Harrington 27, Glodowski 7, Tengesdahl 6, Hofer 6, Voss 6, Jennings 5, Roell 2, Gregory 2. FT: 14-21. F: 15.
NORTH DICKINSON: Berg 12, Roell 1, L. O’Neil 13, Johnson 2, Clark 4, G. O’Neil 3. FT: 12-16. F: 15.
FG shooting – K: 20-54 (3-pt: 7-13); ND: 11-41 (3-pt: 1-10). 3-pt FGs – K: Harrington (2), Hofer (2), Voss (2), Jennings; ND: G. O’Neil. Rebounding – K: 56 (Harrington 11); ND: 19 (Berg 7).