By MICKEY ALVARADO
Dundee’s varsity boys basketball season came to an abrupt halt with Tecumseh’s Indians controlling the Vikings for a 43-37 victory in the opening round of Class B District 37 action on Monday, March 5, at Tecumseh High School.
“We’re playing harder, tougher,” said Tecumseh coach Marc Comstock “We still have some tough times with ball handling and pressure, but we’re getting better. Our defense has been good all year.”
A stiff Tecumseh defense went right to work in the first eight minutes of play. The Vikings (18-3 overall) were limited to only two points from the free throw line in the opening quarter while Tecumseh’s Kyle Bryan and Casey Hunt hit the net for six points.
Dundee tied the game 6-all in the second quarter before Tecumseh’s Ben Kasper tagged the net with a three pointer to again take a lead. Dundee’s William Harnica banged the board for a two-point put-back that had the Vikings up 10-9 but only moments later Tecumseh’s Jacob Britt laid a ball in the hoop that put the Indians up for good. Kasper hit nothing but net on a three point shot and rimmed in another with 1:20 left in the period for a 17-10 Tecumseh lead. His third consecutive three-point shot gave the Indians a 10-point, 20-10 advantage by the end of the first half.
“Our inside guys did a good job of finishing the second half,” said Comstock. “Ben [Kasper] can really stretch the defense when he makes them and it’s easier to go inside when someone has to guard him.”
The Indians controlled the court in the third quarter and went into the final quarter with a 30-18 lead with starting point guard Max Patterson dishing out the ball.
“I thought Max [Patterson] did a great job of handling the ball and not turning it over,” said Comstock.
The Vikings pecked away at the Indians’ lead from the free throw line in the final quarter but just didn’t have enough time to overtake the Indians.
Tecumseh’s Casey Hunt hauls in a rebound as the Indians control the court to beat Dundee. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.