PLAYING CARDOSO… Watervliet’s Omar Cardoso sliced through the Martin defense Friday during the Panthers’ Winterfest game. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)
Indians bash Bangor 69-38 The Indians of Hartford hit the hard court running Friday, January 26 as the squad outpaced and outscored rival Bangor 69-38. Although it took the Indians a quarter to get warmed up and on track, a 42-point second half sealed the win. Bangor and Hartford matched bucket for bucket in the first period, as both teams were tied 11-11. In the second period, Hartford outscored Bangor 16-13 to take a 27-24 lead at intermission. The Indians stepped up their game in the third period. The Tribe scored a whopping 29 points and a strong defense allowed Bangor to score seven points. The quarter had to be one of the best Hartford has played all season. Hartford scored 13 points in the fourth quarter and limited Bangor to seven to secure the 69-38 victory. Buddy Earls led Hartford with 15 points. William Martinez scored 12 points. Brandon Galvan chipped in 11 points. What a game, Grace! The Lady Patriots scored their first victory of the season in stunning fashion as they downed the Bulldogs of Covert 39-35 with only three players on the court. According to Grace Christian head coach Everette Gaston, the varsity basketball squad is six members strong. The team took on Covert Friday, January 26 with only five players available as one individual was sick. With five players on the court, the game began. The trouble started just five minutes into the game. Grace Stockdale went down with an ankle injury, leaving her four teammates to battle the Bulldogs. Grace Christian fought through the balance of the first quarter and the next two, trading buckets with Covert. With two and a half minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Patriot Paige Massey earned her fifth foul of the game and made her way to the bench. That left three Patriots on the floor to defend the basket against five Covert players. With a little determination, luck, and resourcefulness, the Lady Patriots scored the 39-35 victory. Rylie Hess led Grace Christian with 24 points. Princess Williams scored nine points. Stockdale dropped in four points before she left the game. Sydney Gardner scored two points. What a heck of a way for Grace Christian to get their first victory of the season! Coloma remains perfect with 68-36 victory over Fennville The Comet basketball train continues to roll on. Coloma continued their streak of perfect games with a 68-36 win over visiting Fennville. Coloma jumped to an early 13-7 lead and never looked back. The game wasn’t even close. At the end of the second period, Coloma led 30-10. With 38 points in the second half, the Comets were assured of the victory. They led 50-27 after three quarters before ending the game on a high note. Zach Goodline continues to spark the Comet offense. He scored 19 points including three 3-pointers and was four for four from the free throw line. Robbie Schroeder continues to be a threat for opponents. He chipped in 15 points. Chris Brown scored 10 points. Phillip Caldwell and Adam Hearn contributed six points each with Caldwell’s coming from beyond the arc. Michael Dancer scored five points. Zack Lake got on the board with three points. Hunter Crist and Brendan Lute scored two points each. Following the game, Coloma head coach Paul Marfia commented, “We spent most of our practice the last two days working on the defensive end, and I was proud of my team to watch it pay off. We really set the tone in the second quarter. When you only give up 10 points in a varsity boys’ basketball game on a team that is averaging in the 66 plus points a game and [is] 9-2, you have to be doing something right.” With the win Coloma remains unbeaten on the season and holds an 11-0 overall record. The Comets are 7-0 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference – Lakeshore Division and stand alone at the top. In the Michigan Associated Press rankings released January 23, Coloma received 25 points, just missing the top 10 teams in Class B competition by two votes. New Haven is the number one school and received 73 votes. Locally, Benton Harbor placed second on the MAP list with 72 votes.