Richer leads BR-H past Stephenson

Boys basketball roundup


HARRIS — Matt Richer enjoyed a big second half Tuesday night, helping the fifth-ranked Bark River-Harris boys post an 80-56 basketball victory over the Stephenson Eagles.

Richer scored 20 of his career-high 23 points after halftime of the Skyline Central Conference match-up.

“Matt stepped up and we still scored 41 points in the second half,” said BR-H coach Jim VanEnkevort. “Ben Schultz and Logan Heim were tough down the stretch.”

Ryan Arndt added 16 points, running his career total to 1,039, before he was forced out of the contest with an ankle sprain 23 seconds before the half.

The Broncos led 39-33 at halftime and 56-47 after the third quarter.

“This is the first time we faced any adversity without Ryan there,” said VanEnkevort. “Although, that increased the playing time for a few other guys. I’m real happy with the way we played the second half. They (Stephenson) played a real nice first half. We were only up by nine after the third quarter, then we went on a little run and got things rolling in the fourth quarter.”

Heim added 11 points for the Broncos (9-5 overall, 8-5 SCC). Joe Starzynski led the Eagles (3-8 overall and league) with 18 points. Jesus Becerra scored 13 and Ethan Brown had 11.

BR-H held a 30-25 rebounding advantage, hit 31-of-59 field goals and committed 18 turnovers.

The Broncos, who also won the jayvee game 55-18, host Carney-Nadeau Tuesday. The Eagles visit the Wolves Friday.

Stephenson 15 18 14 9 — 56

BR-Harris 13 26 17 24 — 80

Stephenson — Becerra 13, Starzynski 18, Kuehnau 6, Monette 3, Brown 11, Streeter 5. FT: 9-10; F: 17; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Becerra 3, Starzynski 2, Monette, Streeter.

Bark River-Harris — Mustafa 4, Stenberg 4, Arndt 16, Richer 23, Korhonen 6, Schultz 9, Groos 3, Heim 11, DeGrave 4. FT: 7-14; F: 14; 3-point field goals: Richer 6, Arndt 2, Schultz.

Rapid River 57,

Superior Central 32

RAPID RIVER — The Rapid River boys’ basketball team opened the game with a 13-0 run en route to an 57-32 win Tuesday against visiting Superior Central.

The Rockets relied on a balanced attack, with Lucas Sundling and Tyler Sundling each scoring 11 points and Logan Hardwick adding 10 points and seven rebounds. Tyler Sundling also had four assists for the Rockets, who shot 33 percent from the field with 14 turnovers.

Rapid River coach Rich Poma also cited Cameron Willemsen for inspired play on both ends of the floor while finishing with eight points and eight rebounds.

“We made some second-half adjustments with our defense,” Poma said. “We came out aggressive and held them to nine points in the second half. Defensively, I couldn’t ask for more. We did a great job holding them down.”

Joe Heinonen led the Cougars with 12 points. Superior Central shot 29 percent from the field with 15 turnovers.

Rapid River (10-1), which also won the JV game, travels to North Central tonight. Superior Central hosts Forest Park Friday.

Superior Central 13 10 5 4 — 32

Rapid River 19 11 15 12 — 57

Superior Central — Krysiak 7, Heinonen 12, Frusti 2, Rondeau 7, Fink 2, Charlebois 2. FT: 0-3. F: 11; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Krysiak, Heinonen 2, Rondeau.

Rapid River — L. Sundling 11, T. Sundling 11, Hardwick 10, Willemsen 8, Landis 8, Olson 1, Lundquist 2, DeMars 2, Orth 2, Menary 2. FT: 7-13; F: 9; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: L. Sundling 3, Hardwick.

Norway 60,

Carney-Nadeau 57

CARNEY — A strong third quarter wasn’t quite enough for the Carney-Nadeau Wolves as they dropped a 60-57 decision to the Norway Knights.

Carney trailed 33-23 at halftime, but pulled even at 48 after the third stanza of the Skyline Central Conference contest.

“We had a look to tie the game in the end,” said Carney coach Jake Polfus. “We wanted Jake Kleiman to take the last shot. He had a look, but missed the shot. We got off to a slow start in three of the last four games. I thought we played great in the third quarter. Only, we need to come out with a little more energy at the beginning of the game. We played hard. We just have to execute better.”

Connor Ortman scored 26 points. Josh Plante hit 13 and Micah Wilson had 12 for the Knights (10-overall, 7-3 SCC). Kleiman and Brett LaFord paced the Wolves (8-5 overall, 7-3 league) with 16 apiece. Preston Lauscher hit 15 and Beau Koffman had 10.

Carney, which also dropped the jayvee game, hosts Stephenson for homecoming Friday. Norway hosts top-ranked Iron Mountain Friday.

Norway 14 19 15 12 — 60

Carney-Nadeau 10 13 25 9 — 57

Norway — Wilson 12, Plante 13, Faull 5, Hendricks 4, Ortman 26. FT: 16-19; F: 16; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Wilson 2, Faull, Ortman.

Carney-Nadeau — Koffman 10, Klieiman 16, LaFord 16, Lauscher 15. FT: 7-9; F: 15; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: LaFord 4, Lauscher 3, Koffman 2, Kleiman.

Big Bay de Noc 71

Hannahville 46

GARDEN CORNERS — Taking care of the basketball paid off for the Big Bay de Noc Black Bears in a 71-46 triumph over the Hannahville Soaring Eagles.

Big Bay, which turned the ball over just seven times, led 19-2 after the first quarter and 35-16 at halftime of the non-conference contest.

Alex LaLonde scored 21 points for the Black Bears (2-11), who hit 26-of-48 field goals. Kellen Thill added 12. Dominic Metzger paced Hannahville with 12 and Joe Larson had 10.

Big Bay visits North Central Friday. Hannahville visits Mackinac Island for a pair of games this weekend.

Hannahville 2 14 15 15 — 46

Big Bay 19 16 26 10 — 71

Hannahville — Larson 10, Robitaille 8, Thunder 8, Meshigaud 2, Harris 2, Sagataw 2, Metzger 12, Spry 2. FT: 3-7; F: 3; 3-point field goals: Metzger 4, Robitaille 2, Thunder.

Big Bay de Noc — McKeage 8, A. LaLonde 21, Thill 12, Knutson 6, Chaperon 9, LeFevre 7, Raredon 6, Sundling 2. FT: 1-4; F: 7; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals; A. LaLonde 3, Chaperon 2, LeFevre.