Bulldogs clip Eagles, remain unbeaten

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Rudyard's Austin Warner (23) and Cam Peterson defend against Lake Leelanau St. Mary during a Saturday afternoon basketball game.
Rudyard's Austin Warner (23) and Cam Peterson defend against Lake Leelanau St. Mary during a Saturday afternoon basketball game.

RUDYARD — The Rudyard Bulldogs remained unbeaten with a 82-63 triumph over Lake Leelanau St. Mary in a non-conference boys basketball game Saturday afternoon.

EJ Suggitt (26 points, six rebounds, four assists), Tate Besteman (25 points, 12 rebounds) and Austin Warner (13 points, 10 rebounds, four assists) led the way for the Bulldogs, who improved to 3-0. Cam Peterson and Brett Mayer added eight points apiece.

The game was a rematch from football season, where Rudyard faced Suttons Bay in the 8-Player semifinals. Lake Leelanau co-ops with Suttons Bay for football.

On the hardwood, Rudyard took a 28-14 lead in the first quarter but Lake Leelanau St. Mary rallied back within single digits, 41-34, by halftime.

The Eagles closed within four points in the third quarter, but the Bulldogs hit their last three shots of the stanza to push their lead back to 10.

Tate Besteman of Rudyard dunks during a game against Lake Leelanau St. Mary Saturday.
Tate Besteman of Rudyard dunks during a game against Lake Leelanau St. Mary Saturday.

“This was another heavyweight battle for us,” Rudyard coach Jim Suggitt said. “LLSTM has a good program and some very good players in Shawn Bramer and Dylan Barnowski. We got off to a good start and executed our game plan which got us out to a 28-14 lead. The second quarter we were sloppy with the ball and they cut our lead in half by halftime.

“We took care of the ball and had a 10-12 point lead the second half,” Suggitt said. “They made a run at the end of the third quarter and got within four points, but we hit the last three shots of the quarter to push our lead back to 10. We hit our free throws in the fourth quarter to secure the lead.”

Dylan Barnowski scored 23 points, August Schaub had 16 and Shawn Bramer 14 for the Eagles (1-1).

Rudyard converted 22-of-26 free throws in the game. The Bulldogs also shot 52.1 percent from the field overall (21-of-41) and 42.9 percent from deep (6-of-14). Rudyard finished with 17 team assists, compared to 10 turnovers.

“This was a better game for us,” Suggitt said. “We took care of the ball better and made our free throws. We still have a lot of work to do.”

Rudyard's game this Tuesday against Inland Lakes has been postponed.

LL St. Mary 14 20 15 16 — 63

Rudyard 28 13 20 21 — 82

LL St. Mary — J. Schaub 4, Barnowski 23, A. Schaub 16, Kohler 6, Bramer 14. FT: 3-7; F: 19; 3-point field goals: 6 (A. Schaub 4, Bramer 2).

Rudyard — McMillan 2, Besteman 25, Peterson 8, Mayer 8, Warner 13, Suggitt 26. FT: 22-26; F: 11; 3-point field goals: 6 (Suggitt 5, Peterson 1).

Contact Sports Editor Rob Roos at rroos@sooeveningnews.com. Follow him on Twitter, @rroosTEN.

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