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Saugatuck boys come up short in shootout against visiting Gobles

Saugatuck boys come up short in shootout against visiting Gobles

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By Leo Martonosi

Sports Correspondent

It was frigid outside, but the shooting inside the Saugatuck gymnasium was hot when the Indians hosted Gobles in a boys’ basketball contest on Friday, Dec. 7.

“Both teams shot the lights out,” said Saugatuck athletic director Bill Dunn, who also runs the clock at Saugatuck home games.

The result was a good old-fashioned shootout that saw Saugatuck come up on the short end of a 76-65 final score.

“They were hot and so was Brad (Dunn),” said first-year Saugatuck coach Brian Ward.

Instead of using pistols to decide which team would prevail, the Indians and Tigers displayed uncanny long-distance accuracy.

Both Brad Dunn—who scored a game-best 29 points—and Gobles’ Karsen Tackett—who was close behind with 28 points—scored the majority of their points behind the 3-point arc.

Not that personal stats are what Brad Dunn cares about most.

“I would have gladly traded all of my points for a victory,” he said.

Ward, who replaced Andy Diaz at the helm of the program, was disappointed in his team’s defense.

“You can’t give up 76 points like we did,” said Ward, who previously coached the Saugatuck JV team.

Ward also didn’t like the idea that his team blew a few double-digit leads against Gobles, including a 15-point cushion at 41-26 in the third quarter following a triple by Brad Dunn.

“That shouldn’t have happened,” Ward said.

Three 3-point bombs worth nine points by Saugatuck’s Samuel Larsen and Brad Dunn’s fire power kept the Indians on top for most of the night.

“We let this one get away.” Brad Dunn said. “We know we can play better and need to play much better to win conference.”

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