By Jason Wesseldyk
KALAMAZOO—The defensive effort by the Saugatuck boys’ basketball team couldn’t have been much better during the final three quarters of its SAC contest with Kalamazoo Christian on Friday, Jan. 26.
The Indians limited the Comets to 27 points in that span for an average of nine points per quarter.
The first quarter was a bit of a different story.
Using a long-range attack that included seven makes from beyond the 3-point arc, Kalamazoo Christian lit up the scoreboard to the tune of 24 points in the opening frame.
That proved to be the difference of the game as Saugatuck found itself on the wrong end of a 51-45 final score.
The loss dropped the Indians to 2-8.
Despite the normal disappointment that comes with coming up short in a game, Saugatuck coach Andy Diaz saw plenty of positives to take from the contest.
“We knew going into the season we had a tough schedule this year,” he said. “We just keep trying to get better every day and see where the chips fall. We may be 2-8, but maybe this game will help us turn the corner.”
Brad Dunn led the way offensively for Saugatuck with 18 points. Teaque Timeyer joined him in double figures with 10 points.
Diaz also praised the play of reserve Reece Schreckengust.
“We had some nice contributions from some role players tonight,” Diaz said. “Reece only scored three points, but he gave us a big lift moving the ball against their zone.”