Eddies remain in first place

Published 8:01 am Thursday, February 20, 2014

Edwardsburg’s Dylan Hulett (left) puts up a shot over Dowagiac’s Keoante Blackamore Wednesday night. (Leader photo/KELLY SWEENEY)

Edwardsburg’s Dylan Hulett (left) puts up a shot over Dowagiac’s Keoante Blackamore Wednesday night. (Leader photo/KELLY SWEENEY)

Once the turnovers stopped, the Edwardsburg boys basketball team dominated Wednesday’s Wolverine Conference West Division game against Dowagiac.

The Eddies outscored the Chieftains, 69-33, over the final three quarters, in coasting to an 84-53 win.

After turning the ball over seven times in the first quarter, Edwardsburg totaled only five turnovers in the second and third quarters.

Defensively, Dowagiac had no answer for the hot shooting Eddies as the hosts shot 52-percent (30-of-58) from the field and made 12 3-pointers.

“(Dowagiac) came out with a lot of energy,” said Edwardsburg coach Steve Wright. “They really get after it and they were hot early. We kept talking about staying patient and to keep doing what we need to do and, hopefully, our shots would fall and they did. We hit a few shots in the second and third (quarters). That really got us going.”

Dante Razzano scored 23 points, including four 3-pointers, grabbed five rebounds and blocked three shots to lead the Eddies. Derek Pierce added 14 points, including three 3-pointers, and grabbed six rebounds off the bench. Jackson Gaideski had 13 points and 12 rebounds, Grant Szalewski totaled 12 points and six rebounds and Dylan Hulett contributed 11 points, including three 3-pointers for Edwardsburg, which improved to 12-5 overall and 7-2 in the division.

Edwardsburg outrebounded Dowagiac, 42-19.

“I’m more disappointed than anything,” said Dowagiac coach Danum Hunt, whose team fell to 9-9 overall and 5-4 in the division. “We didn’t come to play tonight. We got outhustled. We were terrible on the boards. Defensively, we were terrible. We weren’t disciplined with what we needed to do on offense. Just a bad display of Dowagiac basketball tonight.”

Davion Highsmith scored 24 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead the Chieftains. Brandon Winchester-Jones added 10 points.


Edwardsburg 84, Dowagiac 53


Davion Highsmith 24, Brandon Winchester-Jones 10, Bryce Dodd 2, Keoante Blackamore 2, Kyle Solloway 9, Daquan Brooks 2, Matt Smith 2, Tevin Fowlkes 0, Leroy Lewis 0, Harry Reed 0, Trace Hatcher 2, Victor Halcomb 0, Zachary Williams 0. TOTALS: 20 8-17 53


Dante Razzano 23, Jackson Gaideski 13, Dylan Hulett 11, Isaac Vite 7, Grant Szalewski 12, Dalton Raymond 4, Derek Pierce 14, Joe Queener 0, Drew Conley 0, Jordan Douglas 0. TOTALS: 30 12-18 84


Dowagiac                                20       33       46       53

Edwardsburg                        15       39       68       84

3-point goals: Dowagiac 5 (Highsmith 4, Solloway), Edwardsburg 12 (Razzano 4, Hulett 3, Pierce 3, Vite, Szalewski). Total fouls (fouled out): Dowagiac 15 (none). Edwardsburg 13 (none). Shooting: Dowagiac 20-of-50 for 40-percent, Edwardsburg 30-of-58 for 52-percent. Rebounding: Dowagiac 19 (Winchester-Jones 4), Edwardsburg 42 (Gaideski 12). Turnovers: Dowagiac 12, Edwardsburg 18. Records: Dowagiac 9-9, 5-4 West; Edwardsburg 12-5, 7-2 West