Comets aiming to finish stronger
The effort is there, but mental breakdowns in the final minutes of games is plaguing the Rolette-Wolford Comets.
“Our biggest thing now is learning how to finish ball games,” coach Jason Heinz said. “We’ve let a few get away in the closing minutes. We need to play the last three minutes as smart and hard as the first 29 minutes and that will help us a lot.”
R-W rallied from 10 points down entering the fourth quarter, but fell 68-67 to Dunseith on Dec. 17. Casey Julson led four Comets in double figures with 21 points. Nick Myhre had 18 followed by Trevor Gottbreht with 13 and T.J. Martin with 10.
“We feel we’ve outworked everybody we’ve played and that’s what we have to do,” Heinz said. “Our defense seems to be the key for us, but then we seem to let down. Those games are tough to deal with when you have a chance to win them.”
Heinz said his team is protecting the ball, but struggling to connect on easier shots.
“We have to put the ball in the hoop on easy ones,” Heinz said. “Against Dunseith in the first quarter we were four of 19. In the second quarter we were six of 22. They were good shots. We just got to find a way to put it in the hole.”
That wasn’t a problem the night before as R-W handled rival Rolla 77-43. Julson, Myhre and Martin scored 24, 21 and 14, respectively. The Comets had three other scorers with a balanced six points each.
“Our record isn’t quite as good as we wanted,” Heinz said. “We were hoping for a couple more wins, but we’ve come along pretty well.”
R-W plays at Harvey-Wells County on Jan. 4.
care of Surrey
The TGU Titans are starting to come around and that means play is beginning to steady from the first quarter to the fourth.
TGU beat Surrey 62-41 on Dec. 19 for its latest win.
“Players are getting in better shape and there’s less confusion on offense and that confusion is what stifled the offense,” TGU coach Michael Corum said. “As a team, we’re figuring out how to change on offense to better deal with a defense that’s giving us struggles and we’re finding better ways to move from a slump and get back to scoring.”
Corum wants the Titans to see what the defense gives them and not rely on a set offense. Constant motion is opening up opportunities for a talented core adept at creating shots from around the hardwood.
Junior guard Eli Luna led a balanced scoring attack against the Mustangs with 15 points followed by 14 apiece from senior Luke Bacon and Ethan Bachmeier. TGU led by double digits at the end of each quarter.
“Our transition offense helped open up the lead at the end of the second half,” Corum said. “Surrey had some really good shooters and we had to change our defensive plan with their shooting.
“We’ve seen improvement in our movement on offense and our movement from one end of the court to other on offense and defense.”
The Titans return to play against Glenburn on Monday at Our Redeemer’s Christian School in Minot.
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