Comets Show Versatility in Beating Panthers
Comet Boys' Basketball displayed an ability to right the ship Tuesday night, entering December cold behind the arc. In their lone game in November, Hillcrest nailed home 50% of their 3-point shots. But Tuesday night a chill fell over the Panther gym as the Comets entered the locker-room with a win after shooting a meager 32% (6/19) from 3-point territory.
Facing long-range shooting woes, the Comets watched Kyler Newman go-off for the second straight night. Newman's ability to beat defenders with one step, and his authoritative finishes in the paint, gave him 30 points (13/19) from the floor.
Comet shooters worked to correct their footing and finish their form, talking with coaches on the bench. Noting that they were shooting well under 50% for the night, the Comets reworked their game plan and fought for second chances. Chris Tungseth, Sean McGuire, and Reggie Undseth crashed the boards, pulling down 11, 9 and 9 boards respectively. Tungseth's 9 rebounds bolstered his scoring and opened avenues for others. He ended the night with 17 points and 10 assists, earning his first triple-double of the season as he led the way for second and third shot opportunities.
Hillcrest's backcourt again showed a dominance on the court, something the Panthers could not handle. Substitutions kept fresh legs on Gregg Preston's team, who worked to execute a game plan that provided another night of high scoring. Preston's X's and O's drawn-up on his whiteboard during time-outs opened passing lanes and jump shots on the court for Hillcrest's perimeter players. McGuire garnered 17 points from Preston's game plan, and Undseth hustled-out a scrappy game, earning 5 points and dishing out 3 assists for the Comets.
Woes behind the arc were steadied by a hot night at the free-throw line for Hillcrest. Every time the Comets made a trip to the line they came away with points, hitting 73% (11/15) of their free shots. The Comet versatility in scoring, mixed with their ability to rebound, gave them an 81-68 victory.
The Comets boarded the bus in Parkers Prairie with a better understanding of some defensive habits that need sharpening in Wednesday's practice. As a team they allow 54 points per game, a statistic that isn't common in Comet Basketball. Hillcrest looks forward to tightening their defense in an exciting home opener on Thursday night vs. Underwood. Game time is 7:15pm.