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Wednesday April 24, 2024
ROLLING ALONG: Norse Smack Gogebic; Now 10-1

Click the thumbnails to see photos and videos, and to hear post-game comments from Baril Mawo, Molley Komara, and Coach Matt Johnson. Also click the AUDIO button to hear Dominic Haller's player spotlight interview.

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After the Bay College Norse men's basketball team whipped Western Technical College (Wis.) on Friday, Norse Coach Matt Johnson said he might coach another 50 years for his team to score 62 points in the first half and win by 50 points.

 

Turns out Johnson only had to wait about 20 hours for history to repeat itself. The Norse on Saturday scored 62 points again, and whipped Gogebic Community College by almost the identical score as on Friday, 108-59, at the Bay College Gym.

 

The weekend sweep sends the Norse into the holiday break with a 10-1 record, with the only blemish being a one-point heartbreaking loss to the defending national champion Milwaukee Tech Stormers.

 

“I said yesterday that we wouldn't score 62 points in a half again, and we wouldn't shoot 60-percent from the field,” Johnson said. “And, well, we almost did. Great way to go into the break. It was a great team win. I'm really, really proud of our guys.”

 

All 17 available players saw the floor, with all of them playing at least five minutes. Nobody played more than 23 minutes in the 40-minute contest, and 14 of the players scored at least two points.

 

Sophomore Baril Mawo, one of just four returning players, and one of just two who saw significant playing time last year, had his best game of the season. Mawo scored 25 points, making 12 of his 16 shot attempts (and all eleven from two-point range).

He ripped down 14 rebounds for a double-double, and nearly had a triple double, finishing with seven assists. All while playing only half of the game's 40 minutes. And Mawo had two steals on defense.

 

“For the start of the season, I've had some good games, some bad games, it's kind of been up-and-down,” Mawo said. “I'm just looking to get better, day by day. I feel good about it, do my job, that's all. I'm used to being a leader. I'm used to being vocal. That's nothing new for me.”

 

“He was really, really good,” Johnson said. “He was a (NCAA) Division One player today. He looked the part, and he acted the part. He absolutely dominated.”

 

Bay College left no doubt which Upper Peninsula team was the best, rolling from the opening tip-off and rarely taking the foot off the gae. By the time the first media time out came along, Bay had blown out to a 28-6 lead on the scoreboard, and the rout was on.

 

Jaden Borseth tried to keep Gogebic close by making a couple of triples, cutting the Bay lead to 30-14. The Ewen-Trout Creek standout would end up with six three-point baskets and a team-high 24 points. Eli Talsma, one day after scoring 36 points against Kirtland College, added 16 for the Samsons.

 

But those two couldn't do it alone. After GCC cut the Norse lead to 30-14, Bay made three straight triples, by three different guys: Nic Williams, Genesis Kemp, and Connor Smale. That opened up a 39-14 lead, and that kept growing, to a 62-32 lead at halftime.

Johnson substituted freely throughout the game, with everyone on the ultra-deep bench contributing something. One day after getting 60 bench points, the Norse got 44 more from the bench on Saturday, with Kairee Gadson getting 12 of them.

 

The Norse also recorded three slam dunks in the game: Mawo, Ryan Sweeney, and Molley Komara. Of the three, Komara was probably the happiest to slam it home, as he worse a wide grin after the game.

 

“Coming off the bench, at first, everything felt slow,” Komara said. “But then, things went real good. I had a behind-the-back dunk! I went behind the back at half-court, and I just got in front of my man, and then I put the ball in front, and I dunked it with two hands. I felt really good. Honestly, it feels really good to dunk the ball. The whole team, we all played good together. To be 10-1? A lot of teams don't get to do this.”

 

Bay outrebounded Gogebic, 48-22, and the Norse had 16 assists and only four turnovers on offense.

 

“I like 16 assists, but I really, really like only four turnovers,” Johnson said. “If we can do that all year, we're going to have a chance to win every single night. We got all the guys in, they got great minutes, they did a really nice job. Great team effort.”

 

Gogebic fell to 4-7 on the season with the loss.

 

For Bay, Genesis Kemp had 12 points, Nic Williams added eleven, Sweeney added ten points as the Norse put five players in double figures. One down side for the Norse: they made only eleven of their 20 free throw attempts, which was only 55-percent.

 

Bay College improves to 10-1 on the season, and will go into a ten-day break. The next Norse game will be at Wisconsin Dells on Dec. 29 and 30 against Madison (Wis.) College, and against the College of DuPage (Ill.) at that tournament.
 









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