03-16-2017 Tri-City Area Sports

Comets end season after district semi-final loss to Benton Harbor

 Coloma knew opponent Benton Harbor would be a tough foe in the Class B District 33 tournament. Although the Comets played host, they just couldn’t get past the strong shooting of the Tigers and lost their semi-final match up 66-49.

Coloma ended their season with a 13-9 record.

It was a tough game for Coloma fans and players alike. The Comets were stymied by Benton Harbor’s prowess on the court and mustered just 16 first-half points.

The game opened with Benton Harbor taking a 14-8 lead in the first. The Tigers widened their lead with 16 points in the second quarter; and they enjoyed a healthy 30-16 lead after the first half.

The second half saw the Comet offense spark, but by then it was just too little, too late. Coloma scored 11 points in the third period, but the Tigers netted 14. The Comets had their highest scoring period of the game with 19 points. But, a strong 22-point period by Benton Harbor put the game out of Coloma’s reach. The win went to the Tigers, 66-49.

Benton Harbor was a formidable force. They had three players score in double digits, while Coloma had one.

Coloma’s Zach Goodline continued to rack up his point total. He scored 20 including four 3-pointers. He also shot perfectly from the charity stripe, hitting six of six.

Levi Wilkens scored five points, and Tevon Blazier, Phillip Caldwell, and Calvin Starnes had four points apiece.

Grant Kroschel, Kobe Hunter, and Adam Hearn each scored two points.

Coloma coach Paul Marfia gave credit where credit was due – both to his team and their opponent. “Tonight (Benton Harbor) made more basketball plays than we did. It was not for lack of effort or trying. We needed them to come in with their ‘B’ game tonight and when it was close, they were an ‘A minus.’ We did not hit our shots. I love my kids and how hard they played. I love this community and how they came out to support us.”

Marfia also gave a nod to the impressive play of his sophomore Zach Goodline. Goodline averaged 26.9 points per game this year and totaled 591 points scored. He had 115 assists, 79 steals and eight blocks. Marfia called Goodline “a good kid that had to do everything for us.” Marfia was quick to point out that the team’s next high scorer averaged 5.4 points a game.

For his career, Goodline has scored 1,052 points, offered up 198 assists, grabbed 132 steals, and blocked nine shots. He is a contender for an All-State award this season. Nominations for that award are accepted until March 17.

Watervliet loses double overtime semi-final district game

 The Watervliet Panthers ended their 2017 season with a 69-65 double overtime loss to Cassopolis in the Class C District 65 semi-final matchup held at Bridgman Wednesday, March 6.

SWEET SHOT… Watervliet’s Dan Cluster tosses the ball to the bucket during last week’s district opener against Eau Claire. The Panthers won 60-46 as Cluster scored 12 points. (Contributed photo)

Turnovers galore spelled doom for the Panthers, although they held their own and battled back throughout the contest.

After the first period, Cass led 12-10. Watervliet outscored the Rangers 18-15 in the second period to take a 28-27 lead at intermission.

In the third period, Watervliet posted 16 points on the scoreboard for the 44-39 lead. Cass would bounce back in the fourth period by limiting Watervliet’s offense to just eight points. The game was tied at the end of regulation.