Column: I never should have doubted the Buccaneers

Matt DeYoung • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:26 AM

Think about it, I said to co-worker Nate Thompson. Grand Haven’s 18 points down. They’ve only scored 26 points all game. They’d have to score as many points in the last 10 minutes as they’d scored all game … oh, and basically hold GPS scoreless in the process.

It’s not gonna happen, I told Nate, and he agreed.

We had no idea how wrong we were.

It happened. The Buccaneers closed the game on a 25-6 run, paving the way for the program’s first-ever state championship.

The Buccaneers’ victory over Grosse Pointe South in the Class A state title on Saturday may go down as the most amazing high school sporting event I’ve ever witnessed.

To put it plainly, the Buccaneers were dead in the water midway through the third quarter.

They couldn’t get a rebound. They couldn’t hit a 3-pointer. Every time they tried to make a with a big basket, Grosse Pointe South answered with two.

Coming back from an 18-point deficit? With 9:45 to play? Seriously? Who would believe it could happen?

Coach Katie Kowalczyk-Fulmer, for one. She admitted later that her confidence was shaken, but she kept a positive face in front of her team and urged them not to waste their time worrying about the big picture.

“I kept saying, ‘We have to get back into this one possession at a time,’” Kowalczyk-Fulmer said.

The Buccaneers did just that.

To read more of this story, see today's print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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