KINGSFORD - Kingsford, coming up with 12 steals off 22 Westwood turnovers, will head into the holidays with its first win of the boys basketball season.
The Flivvers, holding the Patriots without a field goal for seven- and nine-minute stretches, posted a 53-32 non-conference decision at their gym on Friday night.
"We needed this for our 20 days off," Kingsford coach Dan Olkkonen said. "This will give us more enthusiasm to get back to work during the break."
From front to back, Westwood senior Luke Duquette tries to keep possession of the ball as Kingsford’s Jack Glodowski defends him closely and the Patriots’ Luke Woods tries to help his teammate. (Iron Mountain Daily News photo by Theresa Proudfit)
Daniel Harrington and Jack Glodowski each netted 12 points to boost the Flivvers, who cobbled a 24-17 halftime advantage. The Patriots owned a 13-9 lead early in the second quarter before hitting just one field goal in a six-minute stretch.
"We had a good flow going, then our lack of taking care of the ball really took the wheels off," Westwood coach Ryan Reichel said. "It was a downward spiral.
"We failed to convert on some layups in the first half. We make those easy shots, it could have been a closer result."
Kingsford rolled 15-5 over the final five minutes of the frenetic first half.
To open the third quarter, Kingsford reeled off a 9-2 run for a 31-19 cushion. A defensive switch, man to zone, keyed the Flivvers.
"We played with more intensity as the game went on," Olkkonen said. "It was still a struggle in the first half no matter what.
"It helped that we switched up defenses. We were getting a lot of turnovers off of it and some fast-break steals."
The Flivvers made the defensive change to accomodate Harrington picking up three fouls.
"That's another reason we went to the zone," Olkkonen said. "You really don't get guys in foul trouble."
Lucas Jennings tallied four steals and made a slick pass to Noah Voss for a fourth-quarter bucket. Harrington scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half.
"They took a lot of time off the clock just trying to get a shot off and we rebounded well in the second half," Olkkonen said.
Westwood didn't hit a field goal over the game's final nine minutes. The Patriots shot 8 for 50 from the floor.
"It's a growing experience and I think we're going to get better from it," Reichel said. "Good thing it's a nonconference game against a really good team. Kingsford did a good job of just being active."
Justin Luke's eight points topped the Patriots (1-2).
Kingsford (1-3) returns to action Tuesday, Jan. 7, at Forest Park.
The Flivvers swept the JV (50-38) and freshmen (49-38) games.