December 16, 2009 DRYDEN — Dryden made sure that George Gleason would win his debut as their head coach, rolling to a convincing 67-43 victory over Caseville in a meeting of North Central Thumb League varsity boys' basketball rivals last Friday night.
With the outcome, Dryden moves to 1-0 overall and against NCTL counterparts.
In Friday's matchup, Dryden grabbed a 21-17 edge after one quarter was complete.
The next eight-minute stretch saw Dryden collect 17 points, while holding Caseville to three.
That made it 38-20, Dryden, at the halftime break.
When the action resumed, Dryden padded its cushion some.
Aided by an 11-7 third quarter edge, Dryden took a 49-27 lead at the 24-minute mark.
Dryden then outscored Caseville 18-16 the rest of the way, good enough for a 67-43 victory when the final second ticked off the clock.
Austin Dunnigan led Dryden with 16 points, including two field goals of the three-point variety. Cody Paupert (12 points), Evan Hazen (11) and Geno Volante (10) hit for double figures as well.
Dustin Ostrander paced Caseville with 10 points.
Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.