The Comets followed an important game versus Battle Lake with another tough contest in perennial contender Park Christian. After turning the ball over 19 times Friday night the Comets looked to do a better job controlling the ball and maintaining their composure on the offensive side. The scoreboard told only half the story, with an 87-63 final after Hillcrest tied-up loose ends from the night before.
The Comets quickly set out to control the game as the visiting Falcons from Park Christian looked to knock-off the state ranked Comets. Quickly asserting themselves to control the game, Hillcrest found nearly immediate success in breaking down the Falcon defense.
Kyler Newman took his supporting role costume and hung it up against the Falcons. In a Jekyl and Hyde performance over the back-to-back game weekend, Newman posted 27 points, going 4 for 6 from behind the arc and 9 for 15 from the floor. The Falcons couldn't contain Newman's quick-step dribbles that created immediate separation which he used to earn points and collect 5 assists to teammates.
Senior Chris Tungseth continued his normal dominance on the court, playing at a different level than most teams. Tungseth hit 14 shots from the floor, 7 three-pointers, in his march to 35 points, giving him 75 points in the past two games. A strange confidence falls over the Comets when Chris is on the floor, and his aggressive dribbling and wry smile are contagious for fans who enjoy watching the Comets consistently hit half the shots they cast into the air.
The Comets gave-up 19 possessions unfettered to the Battlers on Friday night. The Comet team walking on the court Saturday looked a little different. Possessions were more precious, where they only lost 10 balls to turnovers. The Comets continued to cut-short their opponents' offensive series by pulling down 21 rebounds on defense. The game felt different to fans too, who saw the Comets look up to transition more readily as the team pulled together 12 steals for the night.
Hillcrest looks to continue to sharpen their game as they host Rothsay Thursday night.