Dunn scores 1,000th career point in Indian win
The Saugatuck boys’ basketball team celebrated Senior Night prior to its game with Gobles on Friday, Feb. 26.
But it was a junior who stole the spotlight.
Entering the game with 999 career points, Blake Dunn joined the 1,000-point club when he split a pair of free throws in the game’s opening seconds.
The basket was the first of a game-high 33 points in the game for Dunn, who led the Indians to the 69-61 victory.
Saugatuck coach Tom Kazen is among those who never ceases to be amazed by the athletic exploits of Dunn.
“The 1,000-point threshold is a great individual accomplishment and to reach that goal as a junior is remarkable,” Kazen said. “The accomplishment shows Blake’s dedication and commitment to the game. He’s a true example of the old saying that hard work on and off the court pays off.”
The excitement of Dunn’s accomplishment was tempered somewhat by the fact that Saugatuck went to halftime trailing 33-27.
In the third quarter, though, the Indians began to gain control.
Led by eight points from French exchange student Mervyn Auffret, Saugatuck (15-3 overall and 8-2 in the SAC Lakeshore Division) held a 22-13 scoring edge in the third period to go up 49-46.
“We’ve seemed to come out strong this year after halftime and that was the case again,” Kazen said. “We got out on the fast break and hit several shots.
“Mervyn really sparked us with his eight points and he electrified the crowd on several dynamic moves to the basket. His hustle really sparked us and really got the crowd going.
Saugatuck extended the lead to as many as nine points in the fourth quarter, with Dunn, Dan Gorgas and Anthony Strong knocking down some key free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
“The game was a very physical and hard-fought contest,” Kazen said. “Gobles poses many problems for us on the court, as they’re tall at four positions and that causes some match-up issues. But we were up for the challenge.”
Auffret joined Dunn in double figures with a season-high 14 points, while Jackson Shriver added eight and Strong and Gorgas had six each.