Late rally not enough for Bark River boys

Austin Hemmingson | Daily Press Bark River-Harris’ Nick Javurek puts up a shot over Norway’s Gannon Bray during Friday’s game in Harris. Looking on for the Knights is Nathan Paulitch (0).

HARRIS — A fourth-quarter comeback wasn’t nearly enough for the Bark River-Harris boys here Friday night in a 55-37 basketball loss to the Norway Knights.

Norway, taking a methodical approach to this Skyline Central Conference match-up, controlled the pace for three quarters while building a 45-24 advantage.

The Broncos, coming out with full-court pressure to start the fourth, went on a 10-0 run and sliced their deficit to 45-34 on a lay-in by junior Trenton Wood-Keshick with four minutes, 12 seconds left to play.

BR-H was within 47-37 with 2:20 remaining before the Knights sealed the deal by sinking 8-of-10 free throws.

“We didn’t do anything we prepared for,” said BR-H coach Marc Zawacki. “They came to play tonight and we didn’t. The way we played early in the fourth quarter is the way we need to play for four quarters. You can’t sit around and wait. We just didn’t execute.”

The Knights led 31-17 at halftime and didn’t score again until midway through the third stanza.

BR-H managed just one basket during the four-minute stretch, coming on a layup by junior forward Carter Zawacki 61 seconds into the third.

Norway junior guard Jeff VanHolla then drained a jump shot from top of the key to make it 34-19.

The Knights outscored the Broncos 11-5 through the remainder of the third, gaining their 21-point cushion on a fast break layup by senior forward Kody Hendricks.

“We were trying to run little bit of a patterned offense and get good shots,” said Norway coach Jeff Gallino. “Zach Seat, Gannon Bray and Nathan Paulitch played a good defensive game and I thought our help defense was real good. We were able to get into transition and hit some layups, which was good. We like to mix it up on offense. We like to run, but we can also slow it down when we have to.”

The Broncos were within 16-13 early in the second frame. The Knights responded with six unanswered points, taking a 22-13 lead on a putback by Bray at 4:58.

BR-H was within 24-17 following a layup by senior guard Riley Bray at 2:46.

Norway, however, finished the second stanza with a 7-0 run.

Hendricks scored 18 points for the Knights (4-3 overall, 4-1 SCC). Junior Logan Parolini added 14 and VanHolla had 10.

Norway committed 15 turnovers with all but one of those coming in the second half, including eight in the fourth quarter. The Broncos (4-2 overall and league) finished with 16 miscues.

“I thought Kody played with a lot of effort,” said Gallino. “Their press really bothered us in the fourth quarter. We need to work on keeping our composure at the end of the game and salt it away. Otherwise, I’m real pleased with the effort tonight.”

Junior guard Nick Javurek paced the Broncos with 12 points.

“This one hurts a little, but we need to put it behind us,” said coach Zawacki.

“We’re going to regroup and get ready for Monday.”

BR-H, which also dropped the jayvee game 44-17, hosts Forest Park Monday. Norway hosts North Dickinson Monday.

Norway 12 19 14 10 — 55

BR-Harris 8 9 7 13 — 37

Norway — Seat 6, Bray 4, VanHolla 10, Lasater 3, Hendricks 18, Parolini 13. FT: 13-20; F: 11; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: VanHolla, Lasater.

Bark River-Harris — Peterson 2, Bray 5, Z. Robinette 5, Javurek 12, Wood-Keshick 5, Zawacki 4, Lippens 4. FT: 6-9; F: 16; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goal: Z. Robinette.