FLUSHING — Dow High senior point guard Alec Marty had a game-high 27 points and four assists in the Chargers’ 58-55 season-opening, nonconference boys’ basketball win over Flushing on Tuesday.
“He really carried us in the first half, and he had four (3-pointers) in the first quarter,” Dow first-year coach Mark Dickerson said of Marty.
“He’s a kid we expect a lot from this season,” Dickerson added. “He was a threat both on the perimeter and attacking the basket for us tonight. He came out with incredible confidence, and never once did he get flustered when faced with their pressure.”
The Raiders led 25-24 at the half, but Dow stole momentum from Flushing by outscoring the Raiders 20-13 in the third quarter for a 44-38 lead going into the fourth.
“In the third quarter we just changed up the tempo a bit, and things started to click,” said Dickerson.
The Raiders nailed three fourth-quarter 3-pointers to take a four-point lead with roughly four minutes left, but the Chargers responded, with Jared Skinner’s ensuing 3-pointer highlighting their comeback.
“We took a timeout and reminded the guys that basketball’s a game of runs. They made theirs, and we needed to make ours and close the game out,” said Dickerson. “We just felt like it was a game we should win.”
Devontae Stine added 10 points and seven rebounds for Dow, while Skinner had nine points, Mike Robb had eight rebounds, five assists, and five steals, and Justin Cook also had five assists.
Logan Plude led Flushing with 17 points.
The Chargers (1-0) host Bay City Western on Friday at 6 p.m. in the first part of a boys’/girls’ varsity doubleheader.
Flushing won the junior varsity game 62-59, despite 27 points from Dow’s Trevor Davis and 12 points from Derek Cushman.
Dow won the freshman game 50-33, getting 19 points from Ben Zeitler, 15 from Mitchell Hayes, and 11 from Zac Chichester.