12-13-2018 Tri-City Area Sports

Coloma Press Box By Dave Vollrath

Comet Boys Basketball wins first game at Buchanan, then has tough loss at Martin

The Coloma boys’ basketball team started the week on a positive note by hitting the road and defeating the Buchanan Bucks in their house by a score of 73-70. Led by Zach Goodline, who scored a game high 23 points, the Coloma five looked like the better team for most of the night, and kept a lead for the first three quarters, even though they were beaten badly on the boards by 21 rebounds.

The Comet defense was strong all night however, and forced the Bucks into nine more turnovers which resulted in many fast break opportunities and easy buckets. The crowd on both sides came to life in the fourth quarter as the game was back and forth, and the lead changed hands six times. Phillip Caldwell and Drew Goodline both hit big 3-pointers, and Kenny Crowder drove the lane and made a layup to ice the game for the Comets in the closing seconds.

The Bucks were forced to foul in the last 10 seconds, with Coloma leading by one, but had to create four fouls just to send the Comets to the free throw line, where Zach Goodline hit a couple of big shots. That left no time for the Bucks to catch back up. Coach Marfia said after the game, “It was a good win, we have some work to do, but we will take it and keep working to get better.”

Caldwell added 22 points with 18 coming from beyond the arc, Crowder added 14 and Drew Goodline tossed in two 3-pointers, and showed the kind of mental toughness a good shooter has to have as he had missed on his first six attempts.

The Comets then traveled to Martin and took a very tough loss 61-58. Martin hit a 3-point shot to end the first quarter and led 15-14. The Comets behind the sharp shooting of Zach Goodline dominated the game, and led by 13 at the half and had as much as a 20-point lead in the 3rd quarter.

The home team then got hot, thanks in no small part to Coloma being whistled for 13 fouls while Martin had just one, and they closed the gap. The Clippers then managed to out shoot and play the Comets down the stretch and take a win away from Coloma. Once again Zach led Coloma with 26 points and Kenny Crowder added 10.

The Coloma boys have two home games coming up, and are now 1-3 on the season.

Coloma Girls Basketball plays well and wins one and loses one of the road

The Comet girls also went 1-1 on the road for the week, as they started by soundly defeating the Buchanan Bucks by a score of 51-29. Coloma dominated the Bucks as the Comet D forced them into 29 turnovers. The win was the first in the varsity career for Coach Kim Gear who said, “I was very happy with my team. They played aggressively the whole game.” She also goes on to state that, “there is still a lot of work to be done, to keep improving.”

Leading the Comets offensively were Hannah Mathis with 24 points, Megan Neubecker who had 11 points and pulled down 10 boards, and Megan Koenigshof who added seven points and six rebounds.

The Comet girls then traveled to Martin and lost a game they trailed throughout, but also kept within striking distance. However their shots really weren’t falling and they ended on the wrong end of a 46-40 score. No stats were provided for this game. The Coloma girls also have two home games coming up.