FELCH - Carney-Nadeau jetted past North Dickinson in the final two minutes of the first half and rolled to a 79-43 Skyline Conference boys basketball victory Thursday at Carl F. Lemin Gymnasium.
The Wolves held a 26-20 lead late in the first half and opened the third quarter with a 37-21 spread.
"I thought they played a whale of a game and did a great job defensively," said Coach Jake Polfus, who guided the Wolves to the Class D state semifinals last year. "It was a great team effort."
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Carney-Nadeau’s Dionte Blahnik pulls down one of his 20 rebounds against North Dickinson Thursday night.
Carney, playing unselfishly on offense and aggressively on defense, capitalized on 31 Nordic turnovers.
"There wasn't one thing we did better than them and that's why we lost," Nordics coach Chris Mattson said. "A lot of credit should be given to their kids. That's as bad as we can possibly play but it can only get better."
Wolves' Dionte Blahnik tallied 26 points, 20 rebounds and five steals. Wade Schetter tacked on 23 points and five steals. Jason DuPont added 12 points.
Carney-Nadeau 16 21 22 20 - 79
North Dickinson 8 13 12 10 - 43
CARNEY-NADEAU: Knaus 4. Schetter 23, J. Dupont 12, Johnson 6, Blahnik 27, Duran 4, C. DuPont 3. FT: 14-18. F: 18; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: J. DuPont 2, Blahnik 2, Schetter, C. DuPont.
NORTH DICKINSON: Pekarek 7, Christian 2, O'Neil 6, Wagner 5, Berg 6, Clark 6, Gustafson 2, Schultz 9. FT: 9-22. F: 16. Fouled out: Pekarek (6:03, 4th)
FG shooting: North Dickinson 16-36, Carney-Nadeau 30-66. 3-point FG: Schetter, Arteaga, J. Dupont 2, Blahnik, Wagner, Schultz. Rebounding: North Dickinson 34 (Berg 8), Carney-Nadeau 38 (Blahnik 20).
"They've got some kids with talent," Mattson said.
In the third quarter, Carney cruised to a 56-31 bulge with a 1:10 left.
"In the second half we came out with a lot more energy than we did in the beginning of the game," Polfus said. "We forced the pace on them and that's something we want to do. We forced a lot of turnovers (and had 18 steals with full-court pressure)."
The Wolves shot 45 percent from the floor.
"We probably didn't shoot the best from the outside like we usually do but that will come," Polfus said. "We did a better job as the game went on of moving the ball. That opens up everything for everybody."
Matt Schultz's nine points and Cody Berg's eight rebounds led the Nordics in their season opener.
"We didn't make them play defense longer than 10 seconds a possession," Mattson said. "We rushed things on offense."
On Monday, Carney (2-0 overall and Skyline) hosts Stephenson and North Dickinson entertains Iron Mountain.
Carney's junior varsity, behind Logan Forgette's 19 points and Justin Ernest's 17, spilled North Dickinson 49-40. Nordics' Noah Berg netted 13 points and Reggie Johnson had 10.