Saugatuck wins overtime thriller with Marcellus
The Indians of Saugatuck knew they would have their hands full when they took to the basketball court to play Marcellus in their SAC cross over battle for third place at home on Friday, Feb. 27.
“We are equally matched,” said Saugatuck coach Tom Kazen.
“They beat us by two points earlier in the season,” added Saugatuck’s high-scoring sophomore guard Blake Dunn.
The rematch was even closer.
With Jacob Vermeulen pumping in three fourth-quarter 3-point baskets, the Indians held off the visiting Wildcats 61-60 in overtime to claim the win.
“(Vermeulen) has been really coming on,” said Kazen, who also spoke of his respect for longtime Marcellus coach Troy Kahler.
“(Kahler) has been coaching for a long time,” Kazen said. “He’s the elder statesman in the SAC and his teams are always well prepared.”
Saugatuck started a little slowly in trailing 19-13 after eight minutes and 27-20 at intermission. By the end of the third quarter, the Indians had narrowed the gap to three at 35-32.
“We finally picked it up in the fourth quarter,” said Kazen, who saw his team erupt for 21 points in the final period.
Besides Vermeulen, Alex Segovia and Dunn sank key triples to keep Saugatuck in front.
“It was nice to see us hang in there by hitting some clutch shots,” said Kazen, whose team knotted the score at 53-53 at the end of regulation.
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