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Gunn holsters 500th victory

White Pigeon gives Edwardsburg coach a postgame salute after milestone win.

Posted on Dec. 5, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.

WHITE PIGEON, Mich. — The 500 boys high school basketball games that Dan Gunn has won weren’t nearly as evident in the White Pigeon gym Tuesday night as the respect he has won.

And that respect poured forth from somebody the Edwardsburg coach had just finished spanking 65-32.

“Coach Gunn, I feel honored and blessed to have the opportunity to be associated with you, even though it has only been a short period of time,” fourth-year Chiefs coach Tony Cholometes said over the public address moments after the game ended. “Your zeal, knowledge and love of the game, as well as the high level of integrity and adherence to sportsmanship you teach and coach, and the way you conduct yourself on and off the court, has truly been an inspiration to me.”

Cholometes then presented Gunn the game ball.

It was the first time the old ball coach or his Eddies looked unprepared all evening.

“Oh my gosh, I couldn’t believe that,” Gunn said a short time later. “What a class act, what a great guy.”

What a great season-opening performance by Edwardsburg.

The Eddies roared to a 36-4 advantage by just past the midway mark of the second quarter and were never threatened. Their largest lead was 55-16 upon scoring the first basket of the fourth period.

“Throughout the summer, we all knew Coach needed one more, and we wanted to come out and be sure to get it,” senior Josh Kozinski said after scoring a game-high 18 points and grabbing eight rebounds.

“Coach just loves the game and all he wants to see is us get better,” said Kozinski, a Central Michigan signee. “He doesn’t get down on you. He just tells you what you can do to get better.”

“If you don’t do something right, he might get a little upset and make you run a bit,” senior Patrick Harvery countered with a smile after netting 12 points. “I don’t like the running, but he really is a great guy. We have a lot of offensive plays, and he makes sure we remember them. He goes over them constantly.”

Gunn’s 500 victories in just over 36 seasons, including 454 as an Indiana coach, have come against 312 losses.

His longest tenure was at NorthWood, where he went 239-160 over 18 years. His most successful percentage-wise was at alma mater Marion, where he went 96-28 over five years. He also went 119-85 between seven years at Penn and two at Lafayette Harrison, and is now 46-39 in his fifth with the Eddies.

“You don’t win 500 games without great people around you, without a lot of players who listen and work hard, or without an understanding wife and family, because you’re gone about all the time,” the 61-year-old Gunn said.

“But I really do love it,” he continued. “You have to love the game. I can’t really explain it, but when I put my head on the pillow at night and close my eyes, I see five guys doing something a little different offensively, and I find myself thinking about defense and what we’re going to do the next game.”

Edwardsburg 65, White Pigeon 32

Edwardsburg — Patrick Harvey 4-9 1-1 12, Eric Richardson 3-4 1-1 7, Matt Griesinger 2-7 0-2 4, Josh Kozinski 8-15 0-0 18, Jason Schimpa 1-4 0-0 2, Dylan Hulett 2-4 0-0 4, Jackson Gaideski 2-8 2-2 6, Dante Razzano 2-9 0-2 4, Grant Szalewski 3-5 2-2 8, Joe Queener 0-0 0-2 0. Totals: 27-65 (.415) 6-10 (.600) 65.

White Pigeon — Mitch Boatmen 0-3 1-2 1, Robbie Gibson 2-4 1-1 5, Matt Crowl 5-13 6-11 16, Branson Salyer 3-18 0-0 8, Matt Eger 1-2 0-0 2, Riley Olsen 0-2 0-0 0, Dakoda Stamp 0-0 0-0 0, Corey Snook 0-0 0-0 0, Brett Baker 0-0 0-0 0, Dylan Stamp 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 11-42 (.262) 8-14 (.571) 32.

Scoring By Quarters

Edwardsburg 20 19 14 12 — 65

White Pigeon 4 6 6 16 — 32

3-point goals: Edwardsburg (5-21) — Harvey 3-6, Kozinski 2-7; White Pigeon (2-17) — Salyer 2-12.

Rebounds: Edwardsburg (38) — Kozinski 8, Razzano 8, Harvey 5; White Pigeon (34) — Gibson 11, Crowl 9.

Assists: Edwardsburg (19) — Hulett 6, Schimpa 4; White Pigeon (5) — Eger 2.

Steals: Edwardsburg (16) — Gaideski 4, Schimpa 3, Hulett 3; White Pigeon (4) — Salyer 3.

Turnovers: Edwardsburg 8, White Pigeon 24.

Fouls: Edwardsburg 15, White Pigeon 10. Fouled out — none.

Officials: Roger Moore, Steve Chamness, Bruce Klonowski.

Records: Edwardsburg 1-0, White Pigeon 0-1.

Next: Three Rivers at Edwardsburg (boy/girl varsity doubleheader with boys game first at 6 p.m.), White Pigeon at Bronson, both Friday.

JV: Edwardburg 64, White Pigeon 44 Top scorers: Edwardsburg — Isaac Vite 15, Jon Albrecht 10; White Pigeon — Dylan Hochstetler 25, Blake Groves 11.

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