The Comets picked up where they left off last season with stifling defense, good shooting and a solid statement made in their first half in beating Pelican Rapids 70-41.
Kyler Newman quickly shuffled to mid-court and started his junior year with electricity. Newman's footwork put him in position to hold the Pelican Rapids Vikings' guards at bay. His stout defense propelled a great offensive charge in the first half, where he posted 22 of his game high 31 points.
Hillcrest's quick jump out of the gate gave them a solid first half lead. In this first game of the season the Comets worked to position themselves as one of the State's top teams. Showing resilience on the defensive side, the Comets showed why they are feared by many teams, demoralizing the Vikings with a tough first half.
The Comets needed a stout defensive effort after turning the ball over 23 times. Fast-break miscues accounted for close to half of the mismanagement on the offensive side, where the Comets showed the game to be their first of the year.
Challenging the 23 turnovers are the Comets' 22 assists for the night. They also stole the ball 15 times and pulled down a respectable 39 rebounds. Chris Tungseth continued leading Comet sports in huddling his team throughout the night while posting 9 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists. Reggie Undseth, Tommy Thompson, and Sean McGuire revealed a Comet backcourt that is young and able, posting 8, 8, and 7 points respectively while accounting for 9 assists and 4 steals for the team as a unit.
Hillcrest Head Coach Gregg Preston said, "We were pleased with our first half effort tonight from all our players...Although it was evident in many areas that it was the first game, it was a good start all around for us."
Hillcrest takes a break from the court with the Thanksgiving holiday. They travel to Parkers Prairie on Tuesday, December 1 before their Thursday, December 3 home opener.