Dugan collects triple-double, leads Otsego to win in regional semifinals
During the opening quarter of Otsego’s Class B boys’ basketball regional semifinal with Harper Creek on Monday, March 16, hard contact from a Beaver player left Bulldog Seth Dugan with a blood lip.
It also left the 7-foot senior slightly irritated.
“It made me a little mad,” Dugan said with a smile. “I know it was nothing intentional. Teams are going to play me physical and I understand that. But it still made me a little angry.”
That was bad news for Harper Creek.
Dugan finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds and 10 blocks to lead ninth-ranked Otsego to the 66-51 win over the seventh-ranked Beavers as the Bulldogs advanced to the regional final for the second straight year.
The triple-double was the second in four tournament games for Dugan, who had an identical stat line in the Bulldogs’ district opener with South Haven one week earlier.
“When he’s playing aggressive like he was tonight, he’s tough to stop,” Otsego coach Josh Holmes said of Dugan. “He took that one to the lip early and that got him a little mad and that was probably a good thing. He became pretty aggressive after that, and he was the difference.”
Dugan was particularly aggressive on the defensive end in the second half, with six of his 10 blocks after the intermission.
“At halftime, (Dugan) didn’t have a foul yet, so we told him to be more aggressive and go out and block some shots,” Holmes said. “He changed a ton of shots at the rim.”
And it wasn’t just Dugan who turned up the defensive intensity in the second half.
Trailing 37-35 at halftime, the Bulldogs (21-3) limited Harper Creek to 15 points in the final two stanzas. During that same span, Otsego scored 31 points to pull away.
“In the second half, our defense played well,” Holmes said. “We limited penetration and made them rush some of those outside shots that were going down in the first half.”
On the offensive end, senior Michael Williams led the way for Otsego with 23 points, while classmate Chris Pearl added 18 to give the Bulldogs three double-digit scorers. Williams and Pearl also had six rebounds each.
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