By Bryce Derouin – Daily Mining Gazette
Editor's Note: This feature originally appeared in the August 22 edition of the Daily Mining Gazette.
HOUGHTON, Mich. — Dawson Bilski brings an impressive record to Michigan Tech: He's never lost an officially organized basketball game in his life.
The North Central Jets' undefeated three-year state championship run is well-known, but Bilski's unbeaten streak extends all the way back to elementary school. From fifth and sixth grade, all the way through junior high, along with one 20-0 JV season as a freshman, and of course the state titles, Bilski never experienced defeat as a Jet.
So what the heck is he going to feel when the Huskies eventually lose a game?
"If it does happen, I'll be pretty mad and upset," Bilski said. "I'll just put my mind into working in the gym and hoping to accomplish more wins."
The only losses Bilski has suffered on the basketball court came during his AAU career, meaning his first loss with Tech will be the most meaningful. Tech head coach Kevin Luke plans on discussing how to handle defeat with Bilski when Tech should lose its first game of the season.
"That's something that we're going to have to address," Luke said. "It'll be interesting; he'll have to learn how to handle that. I hope it's very few losses, but he's not adjusted to losing — we like that, but it's going to be a reality."
If you've seen Bilski play, it's not hard to imagine him being a natural fit for Tech's offense. Bilski averaged 19.7 points per game, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 2.8 steals and shot 59 percent from the field in his senior season, but it's his sharpshooting from 3-point range that makes him a lethal threat, where he shot 49 percent from beyond the arc
"When I went up to Tech for a couple of my visits and watched their games, when I saw guys coming off screens and hitting 3s, you could tell they're a run-and-gun team," Bilski said. "That's what I love to do. Coming off screens, hopefully I can do that all the time. Seeing the style of play made it easier for me to decide (to commit), especially seeing how they play as a team."