The Comet boys held the Rothsay Tigers to 8 points in the first half of Thursday nights game. A steady dose of half-court traps and zone defense allowed Hillcrest to march to a win without needing to contribute a great deal of offense for the night.
The Tigers threw nearly a dozen shots to their basket in the first ten minutes of the game, a number that is much lower than many would've liked. "Defensively, Hillcrest was too quick for us tonight and forced 28 turnovers," commented Rothsday Head Coach Trever Hone on craigolsonsports.com. The Tigers failed to score a basket before the three minute mark in the first half, with a free-throw finally ending their scoring drought before tacking on eight other points before heading into the locker room.
The Comets returned from their half-time break setting-up half-court traps and working in a zone defense. The Comets continued to work hard in the game, sitting down on defense and holding a tight reign on the game until the final buzzer.
Jake Isaac led the Comets with 15 points. Ben Herzog had a breakout game with 13 points and 7 rebounds. The Comet backcourt continued a strong display of defense and ballhandling, controlling the game and opening the court for scoring opportunities for Hillcrest's big men. Chris Tungseth had 4 assists and 3 steals on the night, while Reggie Undseth contributed 3 assists and Evan Malmstrom added 4 assists and 5 steals.
The Comets play Oak Grove in Fargo Saturday at 5:30pm as part of a guys-girls double-header.