Tyler Clark and the Dowagiac Chieftains head to Edwardsburg Friday night to play for first place in the Wolverine Conference’s West Division. (Leader photo/File)
Tyler Clark and the Dowagiac Chieftains head to Edwardsburg Friday night to play for first place in the Wolverine Conference’s West Division. (Leader photo/File)

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Wolverine showdown: Dowagiac taking on Edwardsburg Friday

Published 3:41pm Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The time for talking is over.

The Wolverine Conference West Division showdown between No. 3-ranked Dowagiac and Edwardsburg is Friday night in Edwardsburg.

The two teams are separated by a half game in the West Division. The Chieftains are a perfect 7-0, while the Eddies are 7-1.

Dowagiac is coming off an emotional and dramatic 64-63 victory over No. 4-ranked Otsego Monday night.

The Chieftains All-Stater, Dontel Highsmith, scored and was fouled with 3.5 seconds remaining on the clock. Highsmith completed the three-point play to give Dowagiac the victory.

Highsmith finished with 32 points and 10 rebounds. He currently leads southwest Michigan with an average of 29.2 points per game. He is also averaging nearly 10 rebounds and seven assists per game.

In the first meeting between Dowagiac and Edwardsburg, the Chieftains had to rally from a 25-13 deficit with 4:25 left in the first half. Dowagiac outscored the Eddies 61-29 over the remainder of the game to earn a 71-54 victory.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

The Dowagiac girls basketball team will be looking for its first win when it takes on the Eddies at 6 p.m.

The Chieftains’ Tristan Howard and Matt Lyle will compete in the Division 3 Individual Regional Tournament at Whitehall Saturday.

Howard won the 285-pound district title last Saturday. Lyle finished fourth.

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