HOLLY, Michigan — This is becoming one of the better rivalries in the area. Holly welcomed Swartz Creek into their gym last night and two and a half hours later we had a winner.
Austin Hopkin, brother of former Holly standout Lance Hopkin, found himself all alone in the corner with three seconds left in the third overtime. He swished the 3-pointer to give the Bronchos a one-point victory, 64-63.
This was one of the most exciting games I’ve seen in quite some time. Swartz Creek had numerous chances to win the game in regulation, and in each overtime session, but punted every one of them.
The Dragons started the game with an offensive burst, and led 13-2 in the first quarter — they also led 24-9 at one point. Holly chipped away at the lead by playing an effective zone; they stymied numerous entry passes into Creek’s leading scorer, senior Logan Hull. Even still, Hull finished with 17 points and 22 rebounds before fouling out in overtime.
In the final quarter and the overtimes, the Dragons finally lost track of Holly senior Josh Fugate. Creek had played him as well as any team could in the first three quarters. Fugate finished with 21 including a couple of tough drives lates.
The game appeared to be Creek’s to lose when senior Joe Seitz buried a 3-pointer and two clutch free throws in the third overtime to put the Dragons up two in the final 15 seconds.
Then the tragic mistake of overplaying the ball in crunch time killed them (not to mention turnovers at the worst possible times). Game over.
Kudos to both teams for a great game. Holly is an awesome venue for basketball.
Also, kudos to Swartz Creek junior David Withey. This kid is aptly named. He’s a warrior in spite of his size. He really responded after Creek lost one of its starting forwards to a head injury in the first half.
And one more thing: This was my first Brent Staffne experience at Holly. He’s very unique. It’s like organized chaos when he has the ball. I’m not sure if he’s in control or out of it. He’s pretty good though.
— By Jared Field | Great Lakes Hoops