RAPID RIVER - Superior Central put the pedal to the floor at the start of Friday's Central U.P. Conference game at Rapid River and didn't let up until the end, coming away with a 72-26 boys victory.
"I was encouraged by our effort as well as our balanced scoring," said Superior Central coach Herb Jenkins. "Rapid River had a tough night but don't be fooled. They are coached well and have some pretty good athletes."
The Cougars led 18-7 after the first quarter and 37-14 at the half. Trevor Maki poured in 20 points and Bryce Richard and Matt Verbrigghe had 13 points apiece. Tyler Kienitz added 10 points.
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Matt Verbrigghe of Superior Central attempts a dunk as Zach Evans of Rapid River defends during the first quarter of their game Friday, in Rapid River.
For the Rockets, they were boosted by the return of Robert Metter, who led his team with 10 points,
"Metter had two three's but was 2-for-10 shooting," said Rockets coach Craig Carter. "(Hayden) Hardwick got in foul trouble in the first quarter, with two right off the bat. When (Jake) Pearson and Hardwick combine for eight points, you aren't going to win many games.
"There was just a lack of intensity. We couldn't get into the flow of the game. I felt like a hockey coach, going five in, five out trying to get a spark. There's definitely going to be some lineup changes coming up."
Superior Central 18 19 23 12 - 72
Rapid River 7 7 3 9 - 26
Superior Central - Kienitz 10, Steward 7, Richard 13, N. Maki 6, Verbrigghe 13, T. Maki 20, Hill 3; FT: 8-12; F: 13; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals - Kienitz 2, Richard, N. Maki 2, Verbrigghe, T. Maki 2.
Rapid River - Pearson 6, Hardwick 2, Evans 3, Metter 10, Pajnich 2; FT: 2-6; F: 14; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals - Metter 2, Evans.
For Superior Central it was its third consecutive win since a loss to North Central on Jan. 12.
"We still have to continue to get better every day if we want to compete for a league championship or a district title," said Jenkins. "Individually tonight, Trevor Maki did a fine job controlling the game and it was good to see Tyler Kienitz have an impact on the game."