Knights throttle rally by Rockets

RAPID RIVER — The Norway Knights held off a fourth quarter comeback to beat the Rapid River Rockets 45-43 in boys basketball here Wednesday night.

“In the first quarter we had a very slow start,” Rockets’ coach Rich Poma said. “We probably had 10 turnovers in the first four minutes. In the second quarter we got some momentum back a little bit but overall Norway took advantage of our inconsistencies.”

The Rockets (0-2) used a 14-10 fourth quarter to threaten in the Skyline Central Conference contest.

“We got up by four, but then they made back-to-back baskets,” Poma said. “They made a little run. We got a decent look at the buzzer but just couldn’t convert.”

Kody Hendricks had 16 points for the Knights (1-1) and Nathan Povlitch added 12. The Knights, who drained 20-of-38 field goals, held Rapid River to three points in the first quarter and led 28-22 at halftime.

“They (Knights) clogged the middle up on us,” Poma said. “We need to do a better job moving the ball — we got too stagnant.”

Tyler Sundling had 19 points for the Rockets, who 16-of-40 field goals and 21 turnovers. Tony Demars had nine of Rapid River’s 17 rebounds.

Norway 12 16 7 10 – 45

Rapid River 3 19 7 14 – 43

Norway – Povlitch 12, VanHolla 7, LeGrave 8, Hendricks 16, Bray 2. FT: 3-6; F: 9; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals – Povlitch 2.

Rapid River – Moss 3, Hernandez 2, Olson 2, Orth 2, Demars 3, Sundling 19, Lundquist 9, Micheau 3. FT: 7-9; F: 6; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals – Moss 1, Sundling 1, Lundquist 1.