Charlie Woodhams (34) scored 26 points to lead Otsego past Paw Paw. (Photo by Jason Wesseldyk)

Woodhams leads Otsego boys past Paw Paw

By: 
Jason Wesseldyk

Nobody’s perfect.
At least, that’s how the old saying goes.
But apparently someone forgot to share that tidbit of information with Otsego junior Charlie Woodhams prior to his team’s boys’ basketball game against Paw Paw on Friday, Jan. 18.
Woodhams was a perfect 8-of-8 shooting from the floor—including a perfect 4-of-4 from beyond the 3-point arc—and was a perfect 6-of-6 at the free throw line as he finished with 26 points to lead Otsego to the 88-54 win.
The victory upped the Bulldogs’ record to 12-0.
“Charlie played the least number of minutes he has all year and still came up big,” Otsego coach Matt Dennis said. “He also managed to sneak in an assist and three steals in the roughly 15 minutes he logged.”
Scottish exchange student Jordan Ross added 17 points to go with eight rebounds.
“That’s his second straight big scoring game,” Dennis said of Ross, who led Otsego with 21 points in a win over Portage Northern three days earlier.
Addison Atwater scored 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range to give Otsego a third double-digit scorer. Jayden Dentler chipped in with eight points, while Jaxsen Callaway had six points, four assists, three steals and three blocks.
“The great thing about this team is their unselfishness, as I’ve mentioned so many times before,” Dennis said. “Every player was able to see the floor and play good minutes. Each time one person came out they were cheering for the guy who just went in the game. When every player is pulling for each other, great things happen.”
Otsego wasted no time in taking control of the game, jumping out to a 27-6 lead after one quarter and extending that lead in each subsequent quarter.
“That hot start set the tone and we just kept things rolling no matter who was in the game,” Dennis said.
The Bulldogs led 51-29 at halftime and 75-45 after three quarters.
“We were able to keep our focus on the game plan we had set up,” Dennis said. “This isn’t always the case in lopsided win. Many times you’ll see someone doing their own thing because the game isn’t close. I didn’t see this from my guys. Each player stayed focused and worked on areas that will make us better in the long run. Overall, I was very pleased with the entire team.”
It its non-conference game with Portage Northern on Tuesday, Jan. 15, Otsego won 72-50.
In addition to his 21 points, Ross had six rebounds and two blocks. Woodhams had 16 points and eight rebounds.
Atwater and Dentler had 18 points each and combined for eight steals.
 

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