Dow’s high-scoring Zielinski raising eyebrows

Chris Zielinski joined the Dow High boys’ basketball team for a very specific reason – to make a mark. In the Chargers’ first four games, that statement would likely end with two or three exclamation points.

Zielinski, an 18-year-old senior guard, has been a goalkeeper so far in his public school debut, averaging 30.5 points per game as he led the Chargers to a 4-0 start. Once a standout homeschooler, he enrolled at Dow for his senior year and scored no fewer than 22 points in a season-opening win over Bay City Central, scored 30 points in a win over Bullock Creek, and scored 23 points in one eye. Opening win for the powerhouse Bridgeport, and most recently racked up a staggering 47 points in the Chargers’ opening win over Flint Powers.

“It’s great. I’ve been telling the guys since the start of the season that we want to make a mark, so it was definitely very exciting to be able to do that,” said Zielinski, while passing on plenty of praise to his teammates. … Honestly, I came into this season to make a statement. I’m just having a lot of fun with it. I have to give a lot of credit to the team because they just let me do my thing.

“…Even in a game like Tuesday’s when I’m taking a lot of shots I’m just letting them know to still keep their heads up and of course I thank them for letting me[play my game],” he added added.

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