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Saugatuck falls in district semis

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By Jason Wesseldyk
Sports Editor
GRAND RAPIDS—First-year Saugatuck boys’ basketball coach Brian Ward liked what he saw from his team in the third quarter of its Division 3 district semifinal against Calvin Christian on Wednesday, Feb. 27.
Facing a 27-point halftime deficit, the Indians held a 22-15 scoring edge in the third period to outdo their offensive production from the first two quarters combined.
“We made some halftime adjustments and came out with a renewed sense of urgency to start the second half,” Ward said. “That led to us playing one of our best quarters of the year and bringing their lead down to 20.”
That momentum didn’t carry over into the fourth quarter, however.
Rather, Calvin Christian scored the first 12 points of the final frame to up its lead to 32 points and continued to pull away from there in posting the 80-43 victory.
Senior Brad Dunn ended his high school hoops career with a team-best 17 points in the losing cause, while junior Wyatt Larsen added nine points and sophomore Tommy Beckman chipped in with six points.
The Indians finished the season—Ward’s first—with four wins. And while this season didn’t produce as many wins as he would have liked, Ward said support for the team remained strong.
“I want to thank all of our parents and fans for your support this season,” Ward said. “This has been a tough year and progress never comes as fast as anybody wants it to. But that support and understanding in those tough times has been much appreciated and made the lengthy process easier.”
Calvin Christian set the tone for the game early, jumping out to a 26-7 lead after the first quarter.
“We were blitzed right from the start and found ourselves in a big hole,” Ward said.