NorthWood near flawless in rout of Bremen

BREMEN — Following Friday night’s 68-31 victory over Bremen, NorthWood coach Aaron Wolfe paid his team the ultimate compliment.
“I was proud of our guys and I think that’s the best performance they’ve had in the last two years,” Wolfe said. “I thought they showed a lot of poise because Bremen came out and played really well in the first quarter.”
A team that has struggled with bad starts much of the season, Bremen (3-15) jumped out to a quick four point lead. NorthWood (13-5) responded with 21 straight points to blow the game wide open.
“That’s been the story of our season,” Bremen coach Kyle Hanyzewski said. “We show flashes but they’re never long enough. NorthWood is a great team and they sure shot lights-out tonight. They’re well-coached and disciplined and they’re going to cause a lot of teams problems.”
A 3-pointer by Ben Hueni gave Bremen an 11-7 lead with 3:30 left in the first quarter. NorthWood’s Cameron Williams had eight points in the period, including the last four, to push the Panthers to a 12-11 advantage.
Bremen didn’t score another point until less than two minutes remained in the second quarter. NorthWood took advantage with four straight 3s, three by Kyle Heckaman, and rolled to a 31-13 halftime lead.
“We just couldn’t step up and stop the run, and it kept snowballing and snowballing,” Hanyzewski said. “Then we started questioning ourselves a little bit.”
Heckaman and Michael Paul shot a combined 6-of-13 from 3-point range in the opening half.
“Those two seniors are seasoned and they put a tremendous amount of time in in the offseason,” Wolfe said. “Tonight was one of those nights where they showed up and shot the ball extremely well.”
NorthWood amped up its defensive pressure after Bremen’s initial spurt, which changed the course of the game.
“I have to give credit to our guards, Jakyah Qaiyim and Derek Yoder, who really applied pressure up front,” Wolfe said. “They can be disruptive and are often unsung heroes for us.”
A basket by Aaron Rhoade gave NorthWood a 30-point lead in the third quarter and the Panthers led 47-21 going into the fourth. NorthWood emptied its bench down the stretch but was still able to extend the margin to 37 points.
After seven turnovers in the first half, NorthWood had just one during the final two quarters.
“They played real steady in the second half, and that was nice to see because this team has had a tendency to let up in the third quarter,” Wolfe said.
Heckaman (17 points), Paul (14) and Williams (14) all scored in double figures for NorthWood. The Panthers finished 11-of-19 from behind the arc.
Mitch Huppert led Bremen with eight points while Hueni and Jacob Box had seven apiece.
At Bremen
Score by quarters
NorthWood: 12 31 47 68
Bremen: 11 13 23 31
NORTHWOOD (68): Michael Paul 5 0-0 14, Cameron Williams 6 2-2 14, Derek Yoder 1 2-2 4, Zac Coleman 1 0-0 3, Aaron Rhoade 1 1-2 3, Zach Zurcher 2 0-0 4, Kyle Heckaman 5 2-2 17, Jonathan Wilkinson 1 2-4 5, Ryan Gerber 0 0-0 0, Ryan Lincoln 1 0-2 2, Jakyah Qaiyim 1 0-0 2. Totals: 24 9-14 68.
BREMEN (31): Ben Hueni 3 0-2 7, Ty Holmes 0 0-0 0, Jesse Glingle 0 0-0 0, Ethan Pike 0 2-2 2, Jacob Box 3 0-0 7, Josh Brenneman 1 0-1 2, Tim Zimmer 0 0-0 0, J.J. Schafer 1 0-0 2, Austin Huff 1 1-2 3, Michael Ricketts 0 0-0 0, Mitch Huppert 3 2-2 8. Totals: 12 5-9 31.
Rebounds: NorthWood 26 (Rhoade 5), Bremen 15 (Huppert 3); 3-point: NorthWood 11-19, Bremen 2-12; Turnovers: NorthWood 8, Bremen 17. Records: NorthWood 13-5, Bremen 3-15.