12-26-2019 Tri-City Area Sports

Coloma Press Box By Dave Vollrath

Comets with road win in Kalamazoo against the Comets

The Coloma Comets traveled to Kalamazoo on Tuesday, Dec. 17 for their first road action of the new season, to face down the Comets of Kalamazoo Christian.  It took a little while to get used to the announcer continually referring to the home team as the Comets. But there was no confusion on which was the better Comet team on the floor this night, as Coloma rolled to a 69-57 victory against the other “Comet” team.  It looked to be a pretty evenly matched pair of Comet teams as they took the floor. There was no size disadvantage for either side.

The teams battled through the first half with each team leading at times, and neither team able to break away for any sizable lead.  Brandon Jacobs hit a pair of 3-pointers for Coloma in the first quarter, as Coloma put only 12 points on the board. The second quarter saw Drew Goodline taking over the Coloma offense, and breaking loose to score 16 points, including three 3-point buckets and hitting on five of five from the charity stripe, as Coloma ended the first half up by three points, 34-31.

RIVALRY MATCHUP… In the closest match of the meet between rival schools, Watervliet and Coloma, on Dec. 18, Trever Pelton of the Panther wrestling team holds onto Comet Caleb Ishmael. Ishmael would escape Pelton’s grip to score one point, which was all the scoring in the match.

The second half saw the Comets from Coloma steadily build on their halftime advantage as they put up 18 points in the 3rd quarter. When Kzoo Christian tried to limit Drew’s open looks, they succeeded. They held him scoreless in the quarter, but this Comet team is not short on players who don’t mind putting up a shot when they find themselves open. The result is a more balanced scoring attack for Coloma. Point guard Jake Ickes made a pair of three’s and a pair of free throws, and Michael Dancer hit a 3-point bomb.

The Comets again had five different players score in the final quarter, with Drew hitting a three and Isaiah Reinhardt hitting one as well.  With Coloma leading by 16 and about a 1:30 left in the game, Coach Curtis McFall emptied his bench. But when the subs quickly gave up a couple of easy buckets cutting the lead to 12, Coach McFall ran his starters back out there to close out the game. The Comets traveled back to Coloma with a 69-57 win.

Balanced scoring was the theme for the night as Coloma had three players in double figures, and two men tacking on eight points each.  Goodline led the attack finishing the night with 22 points, Ickes tallied 14 points, Reinhardt had 12 and Dancer and Jacobs each had eight.  Coloma also hit double figures for the third time this season in making 3-point shots; Goodline hit four, Ickes hit three, Jacobs has two long range bombs, while Dancer and Reinhardt had one each.

Big second half carries home team, Fennville Blackhawks, past the Comets

The Comets were on the road again this