Jamie Simpson scored 20 points and Brandon Douglas added 13 for Dowagiac but it wasn't enough to upset Gull Lake Thursday night.
The Blue Devils overcame a 5-point 4th quarter deficit to win 40-38. Gull Lake is now 14-3 and 14-1 in the Wolverine Conference.
The Chieftains drops to 7-11 and 7-9 in league play.
Dowagiac head coach Greg Blomgren attempted to slow down the tempo of the game in order to give his team a better chance against the Blue Devils.
The Chieftains kept things low scoring early, as they trailed 15-11 at the half.
Blomgren also coaches the varsity girls team at Dowagiac. He is among about 10 coaches in the state of Michigan who coaches both varsity teams.
Newscenter 16 will have more on how he balances both while also being the father of three coming up next week.