Broncos defuse Rockets
RAPID RIVER — The undefeated streak continued Monday night for the Bark River-Harris Broncos boys basketball team (10-0) as they beat the Rapid River Rockets (2-6) 73-41 in Rapid River.
“I think this was a great team win by everybody,” said Broncos head coach Marc Zawacki. “It’s nice (to be undefeated). (But) we’re really not focussing on our record … we have bigger aspirations other than just staying undefeated.
“We’re just trying to improve each game and keep working. That’s been the motto, looking at the big picture.”
Bark River grabbed the lead in the first when Trenton Wood-Keshick dumped the ball in for two. Just 12 seconds later, though, Rapid River’s Mason Kudlick put three on the board for the rockets for their only lead of the game.
Wood-Keshick — who had 12 of his 18 points in the first quarter — put up another two to take the lead back. Then the Broncos pulled away.
They led 41-17 going into the locker room.
The advantage for the Broncos allowed them to not only get all of their players in the game — they got them all in the scoring column.
“I approach this game with that (getting everyone in) in mind,” said coach Zawacki. “That is how I approach every game. The game then dictates how I can sub.
“Tonight, we were able to put everyone in the scoring column which is always nice when you can do that and get everybody some good quality minutes where they can succeed. Not only getting them in there but getting them in there in a positive environment. It just helps their confidence grow.”
Rapid River Rockets coach Richard Poma said the game didn’t quite go as he envisioned.
“(It) didn’t go near as well as I thought it was going to,” said Poma. “I know they’re (the Broncos) 9-0, but we still plan to be on with each game, and we weren’t tonight at all.”
Poma mentioned the first meeting between the two teams being much closer. He looked at the first-half effort of his team tonight as part of the difference in tonight’s outcome.
“We did not have any effort in the first half. No intensity, no effort,” he said. “We don’t put it together in four quarters. We did it for one game against Munising, and that’s it.”
However, in the second half, the Rockets were able to try different things to continue building their team.
“We got a little more aggressive going for the basket. We got some better drop-offs and kickouts for threes. Things like that,” Poma said. “In the second half, there was a lot more to go off of.”
Poma also complimented Bark River’s performance, acknowledging how good of a team the Broncos are.
The Rockets will take on Stephenson at home today at 7:30, while the Broncos host North Dickinson in Harris at 7:45.
Bark River-Harris 22 19 13 14 — 73
Rapid River 9 8 11 13 — 41
Bark River-Harris — Wood-Keshick 18, Javurek 10, Stein 8, Miley 7, Metzer 6, Dylon Lippens 6, Wandasega 5, Zawacki 5, Peterson 3, Trevor Lippens 2, Robinette 2, Getzloff 1; F: 10; FT: 4-12; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Metzer 2, Javurek 2, Wandasega, Peterson.
Rapid River — Lundquist 7, Dawley 6, Kudlick 6, Flath 6, Dausey 6, Max Lenaker 4, Lancour 3, Platt 3; F: 16; FT: 3-5; Fouled out: Kudlick; 3-point field goals: Kudlick 2, Dawley, Lancour, Platt, Lundquist.