Otsego slips past Swanton in boys basketball, 52-49


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Otsego’s Evan Harves, right, and Swanton’s Justyn Bartlett, left, scramble for a loose ball during the first quarter of a game on Saturday.


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TONTOGANY – Noah Dzierwa got a steal and made the layup in the final seconds to help Otsego post a 52-49 victory over Swanton on Saturday.

Otsego took a 43-36 lead into the fourth quarter.

Swanton scored the first five points of the quarter to cut the lead to 43-41. Otsego countered with baskets from Noah Keifer and Ryan Gray to make it 47-41.

A basket and a free throw from Swanton’s Josh Vance closed the gap to 47-44.

Keifer then nailed a 3-pointer to give the Knights a 50-44 lead with 1:46 remaining.

Swanton’s Justyn Bartlett’s 3-pointer from the right corner pulled the Bulldogs to within 50-47 with 25.4 seconds left.

Dzierwa came through with the big basket to seal the win, and Vance’s basket then closed out the game.

The Bulldogs jumped ahead 15-5 in the first quarter and were up 18-13 after eight minutes.

The Knights turned on the offense in the second quarter, scoring 17 points to take a 30-26 lead into the halftime break.

Swanton tied the game at 33 in the third quarter. The Knights then scored eight straight points to take a 41-33 lead with 2:31 left in the quarter.

Keifer led Otsego (4-4) with 22 points.

Bartlett led Swanton (6-3) with 19 points, while Vance added 15.

The Bulldogs open league play Thursday at home against Bryan and travel to Ottawa Hills on Saturday.

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Otsego’s Evan Harves, right, and Swanton’s Justyn Bartlett, left, scramble for a loose ball during the first quarter of a game on Saturday.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2020/01/web1_GRAU_01042020_Swanton_at_Otsego_02_CMYK.jpgOtsego’s Evan Harves, right, and Swanton’s Justyn Bartlett, left, scramble for a loose ball during the first quarter of a game on Saturday. Scott W. Grau | AIM Media

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