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Edwardsburg's special season comes to a close

Edwardsburg goes 17-7, wins first district title since 1988 in Steve Wright's first season as head coach.

Posted on March 10, 2014 at 11:43 p.m.

COLOMA, Mich. — Steve Wright's first season as head basketball coach at Edwardsburg High School was an eventful one.

The Eddies won the Western Division of the Wolverine Conference then took the program's first district title since 1988.

On Monday, March 10, Edwardsburg trailed Benton Harbor in a Michigan Class B regional by just four points with 5:37 to go on the third quarter.

But the Tigers used their speed and ability to crash the boards to post a 73-61 win and end the Eddies' special 2013-14 run at 17-7.

"The kids gave it everything they had with a lot of character," said Wright.

Sophomore Dante Razzano poured in 37 points — nine in the first quarter, eight in the second, 12 in the third and eight in the fourth — with five of his team's six 3-pointers and eight rebounds.

"He did a lot for us," said Wright. "I'm really proud of him."

Junior Jackson Gaideski tallied 10 points with eight rebounds.

"It seems like when there was a tip, it fell to them," said Wright. "They were quicker to the ball than we were were and it led to some fastbreaks early."

Wright said he was able to make some adjustments at halftime, but Benton Harbor found a way to counter with the help of many put-backs on the offensive glass and timely 3-pointers.

Three of the Tigers' six treys came from Jaton Gunn, all in the third quarter.

"They hit the outside shots they need to," said Wright. "We would make a little run and seemed like they would hit that (3-pointer) or get that loose ball that we couldn't get in our hands.

"Give credit to them. They played well."

A balanced Benton Harbor attack was bolstered by Gunn (19 points), Malik Hall (16), Cortez Moore (14) and John Robinson Jr. (14). Moore had 10 rebounds with Hall and Robinson snagging nine apiece.

"We were finding a way to get some easy buckets," said Wright. "As far as an up-and-down game, that wasn't necessarily what we were trying to do.

"They get you into that."

While both teams made six 3-pointers, Tigers coach Corey Sterling wanted to force the Eddies inside where they missed several shots.

Benton Harbor (14-9) plays Otsego (21-2) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in the regional championship game. The Bulldogs dug out of a 35-19 halftime hole to best Battle Creek Harper Creek 66-60 in Monday's first semifinal.

MICHIGAN CLASS B REGIONAL

At Coloma

BENTON HARBOR 73, EDWARDSBURG 61

Edwardsburg — Dante Razzano 13-18 6-10 37, Grant Szalewski 1-5 1-4 4, Jackson Gaideski 5-12 0-2 10, Dylan Hulett 0-3 2-4 2, Isaac Vite 1-8 0-0 3, Derek Pierce 1-6 0-0 2, Dalton Raymond 1-4 1-2 3, Joe Queener 0-2 0-0 0, Jordan Douglas 0-0 0-0 0 . Totals: 21-58 (.362) 10-22 (.454) 61.

Benton Harbor — Malik Hall 5-9 6-8 16, Cortez Moore 6-14 0-1 14, Curtis Dawson 3-6 0-0 6, John Robinson Jr. 6-10 4-5 14, Jaton Gunn 7-15 0-0 19, Roy Anderson 0-1 0-0 0, Darrell Moss 0-1 0-0 0, Devontae Jones 0-0 1-2 1, Deshawn Perry 0-0 0-0 0, Willie Wilson Jr. 0-0 0-0 0, Edward Headspeth 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 27-56 (.482) 11-16 (.625) 73.

Scoring By Quarters

Edwardsburg — 14 16 15 16 — 61

Benton Harbor — 23 12 22 16 — 73

3-point goals: Edwardsburg (6-16) — Razzano 5-7, Vite 1-2; Benton Harbor (6-15) — Gunn 3-8, Moore 2-5, Robinson 1-2.

Rebounds: Edwardsburg (36) — Razzano 8, Gaideski 8, Raymond 4; Benton Harbor (41) — Moore 10, Hall 9, Robinson 9, Dawson 6.

Turnovers: Edwardsburg 16, Benton Harbor 15.

Total fouls: Edwardsburg 12, Benton Harbor 14. Fouled out — none.

Officials: Jim Foster, Jim Ketelaar, Ben Neal.

Records: Benton Harbor 14-9, Edwardsburg 17-7.

Next: Benton Harbor vs. Otsego 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in championship of Class B Coloma Regional.

Other semifinal: Otsego 66, Battle Creek Harper Creek 60. Records: Otsego 21-2, Harper Creek 16-7.


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