CARNEY - When the three's don't fall, find another way.
Wade Schetter and the Carney-Nadeau Wolves did Thursday night, dispatching North Central 59-53 in a dual Skyline/Central U.P. conference matchup.
The Jets threw the Wolves off their usual rhythm. C-N was only 3-18 from beyond the arc, and their star guard, Schetter, was visibly frustrated.
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Carney-Nadeau’s Wade Schetter battles with North Central defender Rob Granquist (15) while driving to the net in the first half Thursday night at Carney. The Wolves won 59-53.
Yet, the Wolves found a way.
With only eight points at halftime after being double-teamed much of the night, Schetter switched it up a bit in the third quarter, driving to the basket more and daring the Jets to stop him.
North Central 14 11 13 15 - 53
Carney-Nadeau 12 12 12 23 - 59
North Central - Estrada 3, Martin 11, R. Granquist 9, J. Granquist 10, Vincent 16, Prestay 4. FT: 12-16; F: 21; Fouled out: R. Granquist, J. Granquist; 3-point field goals: Estrada, Martin 3, R. Granquist, Vincent.
Carney-Nadeau - J. DuPont 6, Johnson 1, Blahnik 9, Schetter 30, Lampinen 13. FT: 28-37; F: 16; Fouled out: Blahnik, Johnson; 3-point field goals: Blahnik, Schetter 2.
"Schetter was able to get to the free throw line tonight. He was aggressive at the rim and it's pretty hard to stop that without fouling him," said Jets coach Adam Mercier.
The Jets led 38-36, having maintained a slim lead for most of the game, before Schetter took the game in his hands. He scored 13 of his 30 points in the final eight minutes and went 14-17 at the line during the game, but was 11-12 in the fourth quarter. He also had seven rebounds and four steals.
"With Wade, it's a matter of when he's going to get his points, I think," said Wolves coach Jake Polfus. "He does such a good job and keeps going at people, even if he's off, and he finds different ways to score. He did it again tonight."
Keenan Lampinen scored 13 points for the Wolves.
With both teams swarming to the ball, playing pressure defense and gambling for steals and turnovers, a considerable amount of fouls were drawn. The Jets lost Rob and Josh Granquist to fouls in the fourth quarter. Rob fouled out with just under three minutes remaining and Carney-Nadeau holding a 45-40 lead.
The Wolves lost Dionte Blahnik and Austin Johnson in the quarter.
"Both teams are pretty athletic," said Mercier. "Carney likes to get to the basket on the drive and we like to get inside on the pass. When you have two teams like that, you're going to rack up some fouls."
The Jets certainly had their moments. Freshman Caleb Martin was a standout and the Wolves had trouble defending him. Travis Vincent had a nice all-around game, defending the rim well and leading the Jets with 16 points.
However, it simply fell apart for North Central down the stretch.
"We had too many turnovers in the fourth quarter," said Mercier. "We didn't have guys in the right spot in our offense and I'm not sure I had my guys ready to play or not. It sure seemed like we weren't in our offensive sets and it cost us the game."
Toward the end of the game, with the Jets reduced to fouling for offensive opportunities, they quickly found there was no good option to send to the line. Jason DuPont was 4-4 in the clutch and Blahnik was 2-2.
The Jets did hit back-to-back triples from Andrew Estrada and Vincent but the deficit was too much to overcome.
"It was the first big game of the year and both teams were playing hard," said Polfus. "There were a lot of fouls but I thought it was a really good game. The crowd was awesome, this atmosphere felt like a district game already, and it's early December."
Both teams are now idle until Jan. 3. Carney-Nadeau (4-0, 3-0 Skyline, 2-0 CUP) travels to Bark River-Harris, while North Central (3-1, 2-1, 1-1) plays at Rapid River.