Defense sparks Dutchmen past Resorters

¦ Oostburg pulls away from host Elkhart Lake in second half

ANTONIO BETT (middle) of Elkhart Lake and Oostburg’s Joe Smies (left) and Kyle Swart fight for a rebound in Tuesday night’s CLC basketball game. — Photo by Mike McGill ANTONIO BETT (middle) of Elkhart Lake and Oostburg’s Joe Smies (left) and Kyle Swart fight for a rebound in Tuesday night’s CLC basketball game. — Photo by Mike McGill ELKHART LAKE – Fueled by their defense, the Oostburg Flying Dutchmen outscored Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah 36-23 in the second half to key a 57-45 win over the upset-minded Resorters in boys basketball action here Tuesday night.

The Dutchmen evened their Central Lakeshore Conference record at 1-1 and improved to 2-1 overall. Elkhart slipped to 0-2 in the CLC and 1-3 overall.

The Resorters, sparked by Antonio Bett’s 12 points (including two three-point goals), took a 22- 21 halftime lead.

Oostburg, the defending CLC champion, forced several turnovers with its press in the second half as it pulled away. Junior guard Lukas Meerdink tallied all 11 of his points in the final half, including two three-point goals, to spark the Dutchmen.

Elkhart trailed only 40-39 midway through the fourth quarter but was outscored 17-6 the rest of the way. The Dutchmen made seven free throws in the fourth period to help seal the win.

“We were beat by a more-disciplined team and I will take the blame for that. Our guys need to realize they can be a pretty good team because they can be,” said Resorter head coach Jim Brown.

“Our pressure was effective and important because we had a lot of trouble defending Bett,” said Oostburg head coach Kevin Bruggink.

“The game was certainly closer than the final score indicated and reflects the hard play of the Elkhart Lake team.”

Senior post player Kyle Swart led a balanced Dutchman offense with 13 points. Swart also had seven rebounds and four steals.

“I thought Kyle Swart’s post presence was a positive factor in giving us an edge,” Bruggink said.

Bett led Elkhart in boards with 10. AJ Lallensack paced the team in steals with two.

Elkhart committed 23 turnovers, including 16 off steals by Oostburg, and the Dutchmen had 14 turnovers. Meerdink paced his team in steals with five.

Andrew Telschow led Oostburg in rebounds with nine.



Score by Quarters

Oostburg..................6 15 17 19 57
Elkhart Lake.............7 15 11 12 45

Oostburg scoring: Tyler Chaloupka 6, Andrew Telschow 11, Parker Gabrielse 8, Kyle Swart 13, Jacob Hurlbutt 7, Lukas Meerdink 11, Justin Molter 1. Three-point goals: Chaloupka 2, Meerdink 2, Gabrielse 1.

Elkhart Lake scoring: Antonio Bett 22, John Kuhn 2, Jordan Kissinger 2, Trevor Taubenheim 13, AJ Lallensack 4, Stuart Zelle 2. Three-point goals: Bett 3, Taubenheim 1.

Free throws: Oostburg 14-25, 56%; Elkhart Lake 17-10, 70%.

Rebounds: Oostburg 26, Elkhart Lake 16. Turnovers: Oostburg 14, Elkhart Lake 23.

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