TOUTLE LAKE — The Comets went on the road for a tough season opener, playing up a classification against the Ducks, one of the 2B Central League’s strongest teams on Dec. 2. Playing without injured star Antonio Nolan, the Comets hung in the game through the early second quarter, but Toutle dominated from then on in a 68-40 win.
The Comets trailed just 15-13 after one and later tied the game at 17, capping a 10-4 run. Jacob Eaton had six points at that point, with Cole Dorman adding five. Toutle followed with a 14-0 run. During that stretch, Donny Edwards injured his hand going for a loose ball; already missing Nolan due to his knee injury from football season, the Comets were now down their two top scorers from last year. Starting guard Corey Gregory also had to leave after being shaken up in the first quarter, although he returned during the second half.
The Ducks extended their lead to 41-23 with a fast-break layup midway through the third, capping a 24-6 spurt. Naselle got going from three-point range, hitting five the rest of the way. Kolby Glenn, a freshman getting the start, hit two of them, with Dorman burying another two. But the Comets scored only once inside the three-point line in the game’s final 12 minutes, and never really cut into the lead.