with gallery: Final of Dexter Holiday Tournament also has Seidl family bragging rights on the line
When Matt Seidl accepted the job as coach of the Saline High School boy’s basketball team, he knew there could be some potential drama at home.
His son, Derek, is a sophomore at Dexter High School and the starting small forward for the Dreadnaughts. The pair knew that Saline and Dexter could face off at the Dexter Holiday Tournament.
"We had a little fun when I took the job in July, we knew it was a possibility,” said Matt Seidl.
Thanks to victories by both Dexter and Saline on Thursday, the possibility is now reality. The teams will meet at 6:15 p.m. Friday to decide the championship of the tournament and, in the Seidl household, the all-important bragging rights.
And the trash talking has already begun.
"Dad needs to take care of it because I talk a lot more than (Derek) does," joked Matt Seidl, who was previously an assistant on the Dexter staff. "I don't know if I could put up with it for a year."
Saline advanced to the championship game by taking down Walled Lake Northern, 55-44. (Boxscore)
K.C. Borseth made all six of his shots from 3-point range and had a game-high 18 points to help the Hornets (5-0) advance.
Thanks to Northern’s trapping defense, Borseth was able to get free from the defense and knock down three from beyond the arc in the first quarter alone.
"They never really let you get into rhythm on offense,” said Seidl. “But we were able to get the ball to our shooters."
With 2:30 left in the game and his team up four, Borseth drained back-to-back shots to push the lead to 10 and out of reach for Walled Lake.
Gage Throgmorton led Northern (2-1) with 16 points and also hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter, but Saline adjusted and was able to keep him in check the rest of the way, according to Seidl.
"We weren't great defensively, but we were good enough at key times to hold them down,” Seidl said.
Dexter’s victory, on the other hand, was not as close. The Dreadnaughts dominated Willow Run, 68-20. (Boxscore)
When Dexter coach Randy Swoverland scouted Willow Run earlier this year, he saw matchups that could present some problems for his club. Turns out he was wrong.
"I didn't expect this to happen,” said Swoverland, who used the blowout win to empty his bench and get some playing time for backups. "It was great to get (the bench) into the game and see those guys great rewarded with some playing time."
Michael Mioduszewski led Dexter (3-2) with 19 points and was a terror on the inside all night long, according to Swoverland.
"He's starting to give us an inside force. He finished inside pretty well when he got it in there,” Swoverland said.
Ten different players got on the scoring sheet for Dexter, which was able to use turnovers and plenty of missed shots by Willow Run to score numerous layups.
Jamal Poplar led Willow Run with seven points.
Derek Seidl played limited minutes in Thursday’s win because of an illness he’s been battling, but with the impending matchup against his father set, his spirits have been raised.
"I don't have to say anything, he is already so pumped up," Swoverland said. "He wants bragging rights in the family.”
Matt Seidl said he would normally be rooting not just for his son, but for Dexter. He said he is very proud of his time with the school before taking the job at Saline.
"Dexter is my second favorite team, no doubt," he said. "I want them to win every game except for (Friday)."
Once the game starts, it will be about more than the father-son matchup, but the experience will be something to remember for both of them. Matt Seidl says he's not willing to let sentimental value stop his club from taking home a 'W.'
"I don't let (Derek) win at anything anymore,” he said.