VanBrocklin leads Broncos

HARRIS – Freshman Cody VanBrocklin scored a career-high 20 points Monday night in a breakout performance, helping the Bark River-Harris boys post a 51-41 basketball triumph over the Republic-Michigamme Hawks.

VanBrocklin, moved from small forward to point guard, had just 22 points in the first five games this season. He also had three steals and two assists in Monday’s Skyline Conference contest.

“We had (former BR-H coach) Bill Bower come in and help me with his shot,” said BR-H coach Matt Richer. “Whatever Bill told him must have worked. I think point guard is a more natural position for Cody, and it worked out better for us. We had a lot better flow in our offense tonight.”

Kyle Kleiman added 13 points and nine rebounds and John Norman had nine points and nine boards for the Broncos (2-4 overall, 2-2 Skyline), who snapped a three-game losing streak.

The Broncos led 18-2 after the first quarter and by as many as 20 points in the third.

Dave Simula paced the Hawks (2-3 overall, 0-3 Skyline) with 18 points. Marcus Antilla had 10.

“They (Hawks) have three pretty good players,” said Richer. “They’re pretty competitive this year. Their big guy (Jonathan Lygeman) is a pretty good shooter. I thought Kyle Kleiman did a pretty good job on him tonight. I’d say this was Kyle’s best overall game this season. This was also a nice boost for our kids. It was good to see them have some success and smile again.”

The Broncos, who visit Superior Central Thursday, held a 36-18 rebouding advantage. They sank 21-of-44 field goals and committed 25 turnovers. Republic had 22 miscues.

“We had different guys playing different spots and got kind of sloppy at times,” said Richer.

The BR-H jayvees also won, topping Hannahville 46-34. The Soaring Eagles (7-1) played without Seth Williams, who suffered a concussion in Friday’s 54-40 victory over Grand Marais.