Arndt hits 1,000 in BR-H win
HARRIS — Ryan Arndt joined the 1,000-point club Friday night, helping the Bark River-Harris boys roll to an 85-45 basketball triumph over the North Dickinson Nordics.
The senior cager finished with a career-high 32 points in this Skyline Central Conference match-up, including a jump shot from the lane for his 1,000th point with 23 seconds left in the second quarter.
He then received his moment of recognition, also receiving handshakes from his teammates, several North Dickinson players and Nordics’ coach Chris Mattson.
“It felt pretty great to hit 1,000,” said Arndt, joining David Ashby, Brock Bower and Duane DuBord as only the fourth BR-H cager to reach that milestone. “I always had the goal since seventh grade. My teammates have always set me up with great passes and the fan support is great. It’s a relief to get that under my belt, plus it’s very satisfying to do it at home. Once I got that, I was able to play more relaxed. Now, I can focus more on helping our team make a run in the playoffs.”
Arndt then completed a 3-point play with a free throw, giving the Broncos a 31-20 advantage.
“Once Ryan got his 1,000th point, it seemed like he could settle down,” said BR-H coach Jim VanEnkevort. “It seemed like the whole team was more relaxed in the second half.”
Arndt, who sank sank seven 3-point shots, opened the third stanza with a 21-foot jumper from the right wing for a 34-20 cushion.
The Nordics, however, didn’t just go away and were still within 39-29 following a lay-in and free throw by junior Matt Bruette midway through the third.
BR-H (8-5 overall, 7-4 SCC) then began to pick up the pace and surged to a 55-37 advantage going into the fourth.
“They (Nordics) were right there for 2 1/2 quarters,” said VanEnkevort. “We were continually pushing the ball. By doing that, I think we wore them down. I thought we moved the ball real well in the first half. We were making the extra pass and finding the open man.”
The Nordics (2-11 overall, 2-7 league) trailed just 16-14 following a jumper from the boulevard by junior Joe Roell early in the second frame.
BR-H, however, responded with 11 answered points, gaining a 25-14 lead on a 23-foot jumper from the right wing by Arndt.
“It ended up being a 40-point game, but we had an opportunity to get within single digits in the third quarter,” said Mattson. “We missed a shot and they went down and scored, which was a 4-point swing. They sped up the game late in the third quarter and into the fourth and I think our guys got a little tired. Overall, I’m happy with the team’s effort. We never felt we were out of it until they got that spurt. We shot the ball real well (8-of-13) in the third quarter.”
The Broncos finished with 12 triples against the North Dickinson’s zone defense and committed just three of their nine turnovers in the second half. The Nordics had 21 miscues.
“Playing against their scrappy (man-to-man) defense, I’ll take that number,” said Mattson. “We can see they’ve played together for a long time. They played very efficient. The Arndt boy shot real well. We have more size than quickness and have been sticking with a zone in the past few games. I was happy to see we got 32 rebounds. Anytime you can get over 30, you have to be happy with that.”
Junior Hunter Debelak added 13 points for the Broncos. Senior Jared Miller led the Nordics with 14. Roell had 12.
The Broncos, who also won the jayvee game 49-42, host Stephenson Tuesday. The Nordics host Forest Park Tuesday.
North Dickinson 10 10 17 8 — 45
Bark River-Harris 16 15 24 30 — 85
North Dickinson — Johnson 2, Ackerman 6, Bruette 7, M. Miller 4, Roell 12, J. Miller 14. FT: 6-11; F: 10; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Ackerman 2, J. Miller.
Bark River-Harris — Mustafa 2, DeGrave 7, Jarvis 6, Schmitt 1, Arndt 32, Richer 3, Korhonen 6, Schultz 3, Groos 7, Debelak 13, Heim 5. FT: 5-7; F: 10; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Arndt 7, DeGrave, Richer, Schultz, Debelak, Heim.