Bulldogs stay unbeaten with win over visiting South Haven

Jason Wesseldyk

Senior Addison Atwater has been locked in with his long-range shot as of late, having knocked down 11 3-pointers in the two games leading into Otsego’s Friday, Dec. 14, battle against visiting South Haven.
That hot streak continued.
Atwater buried three triples in the first two-and-a-half minutes of the game to stake the Bulldogs to a 10-0 lead en route to the 77-42 win.
“Addi has been lights out the past few games and he just carried that over,” Otsego coach Matt Dennis said. “He’s had the hot hand and his teammates have been doing a good job of getting him the ball in a good position to shoot.”
The nine points produced by those 3-poiners turned out to be the only points of the game for Atwater. Not that Otsego needed any additional offense.
The Bulldogs saw 11 players get into the scoring act, marking the second straight game they’ve had at least that many players score.
Charlie Woodhams led the way with a game-best 21 points, 12 of which came in the opening quarter as Otsego built a 27-14 lead.
“Charlie’s just a special player,” Dennis said. “He can do so many things on the court and he’s so intelligent out there.”
Josh Ross was the other double-digit scorer for Otsego, with the Scottish import going for 12 points. Jaxsen Callaway and Will Eldred added eight points each, while Owen Watson went for seven.
Jaekob Sallee (four points), Hunter Lucas (three points), Derek Ward (two points), Nate Bush (two points) and Fab Gaines (one point) rounded out the scoring.
“We’ve been fortunate in that we’ve already had several games where we can get a lot of players in,” said Dennis, whose team improved to 5-0. “I always challenge the guys who come in off the bench to not allow the other team to close the gap on us. We did a really nice job of that tonight.
“We might not have the same offensive firepower when the first group isn’t out there, but each of those guys plays hard and competes.”
Following Otsego’s quick 10-0 start, South Haven did respond with six straight points—the last four from Brenden Williamson—but Otsego got a triple from Eldred and two triples from Woodhams to regain the momentum.
Otsego led 41-25 at halftime.
“One thing we’ve been focusing on is minimizing the runs we allow other teams to make,” Dennis said. “We did let them come back a little after we got off to that 10-0 start, but we did a good job of limiting that and pulling away.”


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