the north face ski charging North Dickinson to end losing streak
Superior Central’s Roubens Fink, left, battles North Dickinson’s Joe Roell for the ball on Wednesday in Felch. (Iron Mountain Daily News photo by Adam Niemi)
FELCH Superior Central held off a fourth quarter rally by North Dickinson to win 64 60 on Wednesday.
The Cougars (6 7, 3 5 Skyline Central Conference) led 53 42 going into the fourth quarter before North Dickinson (2 10, 2 4) put on a slow cooker rally.
Superior Central led by around eight points throughout the quarter until North Dickinson strung a couple buckets together to cut the lead to 60 56 with 1:45 remaining.
The next time it had the ball, North Dickinson had an opportunity to cut the deficit to one point on a 3 pointer that rimmed out and then a putback that also rimmed out.
That sequence summarized the Nordics 18 for 59 shooting on the night. Superior Central maintained the lead with free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
And looking back on a four point loss and seeing his Nordics were 12 of 24 from the free throw line, ND head coach Chris Mattson said he felt like they could escaped with a win.
thought our hustle was good at times. We played a nice fourth quarter. It looked like we were going to go away and then we had that last little spurt, he said. gave them 11 points in the fourth and managed to score 18. One of our boys has a nice look at a 3 point shot with about a minute to go. Rattles it in and it pops out. If that goes in we down by one with obviously plenty of time. We get the rebound on that same shot, it goes in and out. The ball is just kind of not falling our way right now. Heinonen 23 points paced the Cougars.
good to pull out the win coming off of a five game losing streak,
Superior Central head coach Branson Richard said. did a good job moving the ball around, limited our turnovers. I think we did a really good job with sharp, crisp passes.
defense, our defense held them off. They made a pretty good comeback there at the end but we were able to hold them off. Miller led the Nordics with 24 points and eight rebounds.
In this makeup game from Jan. 11, the Cougars fell into a 7 3 hole in the first quarter. With about 5 1/2 minutes left in the opening quarter, Superior Central offense got going after a timeout. The Cougars went on a 14 0 run before the Nordics ended the streak early in the second quarter.
Richard said the slow start was similar to how the Cougars started recent games during the losing streak.
started off how we had been starting the past games. We took a timeout and kind of got settled in, Richard said. went at them hard, saw they were getting tired a bit, so we started pushing it and got that lead and held onto it. Central plays at Rapid River on Tuesday.