Dugan leads Bulldogs past host Rams in district opener
If South Haven boys’ basketball coach Jamin Olds woke up in a cold sweat after going to bed on Monday, March 9, there was no need for concern. He was probably just having a nightmare about Otsego 7-footer Seth Dugan.
And with good reason.
Dugan turned in a dominating effort against the Rams in a Class B district opener, posting a triple-double to lead Otsego to the 53-42 comeback win.
“I just wanted to go out there and make sure I did my part,” said Dugan, whose performance included game highs of 21 points, 15 rebounds and 10 blocked shots. “We’ve gained so much experience the past four years and we want to keep this thing going as long as possible.”
Otsego coach Josh Holmes wasn’t surprised by the numbers put up by Dugan.
“Seth is a special player,” Holmes said. “And the thing that’s the most impressive to me is the number of minutes he plays. Like tonight, I think he got one 30-second break. Other than that, he’s out there working hard and battling. I don’t know of many other big guys in this league who can do that.”
With the win, the Bulldogs (18-3) advanced to the district semifinals against Allegan on Wednesday, March 11. The winner will face either Hopkins or Paw Paw in the championship game at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 13, in South Haven.
For a while, though, the prospect of an Otsego win seemed to be in jeopardy.
Leading 24-21 at halftime, the Bulldogs were victimized by a 10-2 South Haven run to open the third quarter, giving the Rams a 31-26 lead.
Early in that stretch, Holmes called a timeout to settle down his troops.
“I just wanted them to take a breath and calm down,” he said. “The truth is, we haven’t been in a lot of close games this year. So I wanted the guys to refocus and go out there and play our game.”
The Bulldogs did just that.
Otsego closed the third quarter on a 9-2 run, including a basket by A.J. Atwater that put the Bulldogs back on top at 32-31.
The fourth quarter was simply more of the same, with Otsego holding an 18-9 scoring edge to put the game away.
Dugan scored eight of those fourth-period points, including a pair of dunks that brought the Otsego faithful to their feet.
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