Comets Fall in Shoot-out with Battlers
Disciplined in their approach, the Comets looked to avenge their home loss to the State ranked Battlers Tuesday night. Crisp passes from guards to posts helped the Comets put on a shooting clinic, hitting 55% for their shots from the floor and 83% from the free throw line. The game was tied at 40 as both teams headed into the locker room.
Entering the playoff atmosphere for the second half the Battlers put together a precision campaign to save their undefeated record at home this year. "Tony, Petrick, Nick, and Andrew all make such good cuts, passes, and finish well," noted coach Gregg Preston. Battle Lake, known for their athleticism, plays smart basketball, and worked to dismantle the Comet front. "we will need to play better help defense and position a bit better on the defensive glass as tournament time is quickly approaching," commented Preston after highlighting the successes of his team on the night.
Battle Lake controls the rebound margin in most games. Their work against the Comets saw Battler post players lower their center of gravity on a number of plays, out positioning the Comets and working to take an advantage on the glass. Junior guard Chris Tungseth worked to neutralize the Battler efforts. Converting 8 three-pointers, Tungseth finished with 39 points. "Chris Tungseth was tough on our defense," lamented Battle Lake Coach Dan Peterka. "He hit shots with a hand in his face time after time. I thought our guys responded well down the stretch and got a few stops and were able to convert on our offensive end."
With the score in Battle Lake's favor with seconds left the Comets looked to Jake Isaac. Scoring 27 points, with 10 for 11 free throws on the night, Isaac drew defenders off screens and caught the ball behind the arc. Stabilizing his feet he looked for a good shot. With defenders crashing down on his position Isaac held his form and watched his shot bounce away.
The Comets' loss bounces them to 2nd in seedings for playoffs. They will play Minnewaska for their final regular season game on Thursday.