The Comets set pace early in their home opener, dominating an important conference game with solid defense and strong shooting to shut down the Underwood Rockets.
Shortly after tip-off the Comets set a tone for the game. Quick feet on the defensive end allowed Hillcrest to shutdown an athletic Underwood team. The game started out with a series of back-and-forth 3-pointers, marking the first 12 points of the game with quick transitions and shots behind the arc.
Underwood looked primed to match the Comets' explosive offense. However, after three minutes of play Underwood was found wanting on the defensive end. Hillcrest quickly recovered on a number of skip passes by the Rockets, closing-out on defense with intense ball pressure that kept Underwood on edge for most of the night. "Our overall effort from start to finish was the best of the season," commented Comet Head Coach Gregg Preston. "Tommy Thompson and Jordan Foss played great defense on the ball and shot the ball really well."
Thompson finished the game with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting, turning his defense into offense for most of the night. Fellow backcourt battler Reggie Undseth added to Thompson's strong performance, providing 10 points and 10 rebounds. Undseth's double-double kept Underwood's heads turning as they focused on Kyler Newman for much of the night.
With Underwood turning their attention to Hillcrest's hot shooter in Newman, Chris Tungseth stole the show. Tungseth played near the rim all night, tallying 34 points before the dust settled, proving the difference maker in the game with his strong defense and consistent rebounding.
Hillcrest hosts Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley Monday before a game against conference favorite Waubun on Thursday. Game time is 7:15pm.