Struggling for rebound position created a crowd under the basket between (from left) Reese Bohn (4), Mitchell Leonard (42), Aaron Overhiser (in back) and Nicolas Brown (15).

Overhiser, Leonard lead Blackhawks past rival Saugatuck

Leo Martonosi

There are some great rivalries out there, with one of those being the friendly feud between Fennville and Saugatuck.
But the boys’ basketball game between the teams on Tuesday, Jan. 13, won’t likely be remembers as one of the classic matchups.
Aaron Overhiser scored 19 points and Mitchell Leonard added 17 as the two Fennville seniors nearly matched the scoring output from the entire Saugatuck squad in the 66-37 win by the Blackhawks.
Needless to say, it wasn’t a fun night for Saugatuck coach Tom Kazen or his players.
“We didn’t play like we are capable of playing, which was frustrating,” Kazen said. “To be honest about it, we laid an egg. We didn’t do anything we talked about. All the credit goes to (Fennville’s) guys.”
The first five minutes of the game were tight.
“We started out OK,” Kazen said of his 5-2 team, which led for the last time at 7-5 on a bucket by Blake Dunn.
It was mostly downhill after that for the Indians, who found themselves trailing by seven points at the conclusion of the first quarter (20-13) before going to halftime down 46-20. The Fennville lead stood at 58-30 after the third quarter.
Fennville coach Joe Rodriguez was pleased with the play of his entire team, which raised its record to 6-1.
“We’ve been preaching all season about playing for four quarters, which we did tonight,” Rodriguez said.

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