Tiemeyer, Shriver and Dunn help Indians avenge earlier defeat by beating Clippers
By Leo Martonosi
First-year Martin boys’ basketball coach Bradley Moelker found out on Tuesday, Feb. 20, how Saugatuck second year coach Andy Diaz felt a little more than a month ago.
“It was a long bus ride home after we got hammered by these guys by over 20 points (23 to be exact) back on Jan. 16 at Martin,” Diaz said after his team’s 68-60 home victory in the second meeting with Martin.
The Indians obviously played much better this time as compared to the first game against the Clippers.
“Everyone contributed to this victory, including the guys on the bench,” Diaz said.
No one contributed any more than Saugatuck’s big three of Jackson Shriver, Teaque Tiemeyer and Bradley Dunn.
“We need those three guys to score,” Diaz said.
Shriver, Tiemeyer and Dunn combined to tally 47 of the Indians’ points. Shriver and Tiemeyer each finished with 16 points, with Dunn one point back with 15.
“Jackson and Teaque also did a good job on the boards with nine and eight respective rebounds,” Diaz said.
Four Martin players—Carter Hilton, Clayton Geerling, Michael Morey and Cayden Curry—kept the score close by scoring 14, 12, 10 and eight points in that order.
“We battled, but had too many lapses, which we didn’t have the first time we played these guys,” Moelker said.
Moelker wasn’t happy with the loss, but he was pleased about one thing.
“Yesterday at practice was the first time in two weeks that we had our full team together because of the flu,” Moelker said. “We’re more of a team now.”
A 3-point play (basket and free throw) by Dunn put Saugatuck up by four points at15-11 to end the first period.
Back-to-back treys by Morey and Geerling tied the game at the outset of the second quarter at 17-17.
Martin took one of its last leads when Logan Elkins dialed long distance to give the visitors a 24-21 cushion.
Saugatuck reclaimed the upper hand at the half, 26-24, on a 3-point bucket by Dunn and two free throws by Tiemeyer.
The Indians were on top 44-36 24 after three quarters, with sub Cooper Myers providing a spark on his way to nine points.
“Coop had a really good game,” Diaz said.
Even though Morey and Hilton fouled out, the Clippers hung with Saugatuck the entire contest.
“I wasn’t surprised,” Diaz said. “That’s the type of team they are.”
The result left Saugatuck and Martin with matching 6-11 records.
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