01-03-2019 Tri-City Area Sports

Coloma Press Box By Dave Vollrath

Zach Goodline leads Coloma Comet boys to big SAC Lakeshore Division road win

The Coloma Comets basketball teams traveled up to Saugatuck for the last games of 2018, and the boys completely overwhelmed the Indians, as they pressured them into one turnover after another and buried them early, and finished with a 75-26 victory. Zach Goodline had a hand on many of the passes and when he didn’t make the steal himself, tipped the ball to one of his team mates and got their offense going in the other direction.

Zach Goodline

Goodline seemingly scored at will and led Coloma with 28 points and seven assists as Coloma took a 49-12 lead into the locker room at halftime.

When the teams came out for the second half, the onslaught continued. Zach could have easily scored over 50 points, but because of the score differential being more than 40 points, under the MHSAA rules, they played most of the second half with a running clock. It really speeds up the game, in a mercy situation, when one of the teams leads by more than 40 points. Goodline went to the bench with about 5:28 left in the fourth quarter. By then the Comet All State guard had racked up a career high 42 points as he hit on five shots from beyond the 3-point arc. Several of those were 6-8 feet behind that 3-point line. Goodline also had plenty of help, as the Comets played their best game of the season, never letting up on the defensive end. Unlike previous games this season where they let big leads slip away, the Indians were never able to make any kind of run, and Coloma’s big lead kept growing.

This game is a big confidence boost for the Comets as they head into the holiday break, their next game will be against a fine Niles-Brandywine team that is undefeated and 7-0 on the season, on January 4.

With the win, Coloma goes over the .500 mark for the first time this season with an overall record of 4-3, and 2-1 in the SAC Lakeshore.

Coloma coach Paul Marfia said he was pleased with the win, and a nice way to take a little break and spend time with their families. He also stated that following the break they have a lot of little things to work on to get ready for the season to resume.

Philip Caldwell added seven points to Coloma’s offense with a three pointer. Drew Goodline knocked down two from long range and finished with six points. Michael Dancer also chipped in with six points. Kenny Crowder, Jackson Hodges, Isiah Reinhart, and Hunter Crist also had significant contributions for the Comets.

Comet girls fall to Saugatuck

The Coloma girls’ trip to Saugatuck did not go as well as the boys, as this young team looked like they were playing in the land of the giants. They were outsized and outplayed for most of the game. They came out on the short end of a 60-45 score. The Indians had plenty of size inside, and kept the Comets out of the paint, or swatted away several shots that were attempted inside, and negated Megan Neubecker who usually can hold her own around the rim. She was double and tripled teamed by taller girls and taken out of the offense for the most part. Hannah Mathis however, had a huge night for Coloma hitting shots from around the perimeter, and had several nice drives to the bucket. The Comet senior guard led her team with 27 points, and had a late 3-pointer which could have given her 30 points. That shot didn’t find the hole and she wound up “settling” for 27. The Comet girls also continue their season in January after the Christmas break.

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