Wolves whip Republic

CARNEY – Dionte Blahnik started hot and Keenan Lampinen finished even hotter as the Carney-Nadeau Wolves blew out Republic-Michigamme 70-26 in a Skyline Conference contest on Tuesday.

The Wolves began the game on a 20-5 run behind two quick Blahnik 3-pointers.

After holding a 22-7 first quarter lead, the Wolves defense held tight and limited the Hawks to just four points in the second quarter.

Lampinen scored seven points in the quarter and Carney-Nadeau took a 40-11 lead into second the half.

“We came out strong and kept it going,” Carney-Nadeau coach Jake Polfus said. “Republic sets really strong screens and I thought we communicated well to get around them.”

Blahnik opened the second half with a triple at the top of the key which was followed by three straight three-point plays by Lampinen, Manuel Duran and Blahnik to hike the Wolves lead to 51-15 at the five-minute mark of the third.

Lampinen closed the quarter and started the fourth quarter with six points and the Wolves blew past the Hawks, causing a running clock throughout the fourth quarter.

“We never had any scoring lulls in our game,” Polfus said. “I talked to the team before the game about staying sharp no matter who we play. We’ve been in a bit of a scoring slump of late so it was nice to see us break out of that tonight.”

Blahnik and Lampinen each scored 18 points to lead the Wolves (13-4 overall, 8-3 in the Skyline and 7-3 in the C.U.P.). Lucas Forgette added 12 and Duran chipped in nine.

Hunter Schultz and Phillip Kaske led Republic with eight points a piece.

Carney-Nadeau plays host to No. 4-ranked Forest Park on Friday and travels to Class B Menominee next Tuesday.

“Playing at a high level at this time of the year is important,” Polfus said. “The district tournament starts in two weeks so we’ll need to be sharp down the stretch.”