On Feb. 10, the AuSable Valley Patriots improved to 13-0 in CVAC play, blowing past Seton Catholic 75-28 and giving coach Jamie Douglass his 100th career win. It is Douglass' seventh season at the helm.
In addition to the coach’s milestone, AuSable also celebrated the squad’s four seniors -- Brody Douglass, Nick Rhino, John Hickey and Connor Manning -- who have played organized hoops together since elementary school.
“These kids have been together since fifth and sixth grade and we developed them all the way up through,” said Jamie Douglass, who played for AuSable in the ’70s and now deploys the same tactics his own coaches stressed: intense man-to-man defense and fastbreak-oriented offense.
Brody Douglass, Jamie's nephew, led the way for AuSable against Seton, scoring 23 points and hauling in 11 rebounds. Shane Douglas added 12
points, eight assists and seven steals, and Austin Depo tallied 11 points and 11 rebounds. John Hickey struck for 10 points, Connor Manning had eight points and seven steals, Nick Rhino connected for seven points, and Brandon Brooks tallied four points for the Patriots.