SOUTH BEND — Jacob Eaton hit seven of eight shots during a second-half stretch after missing nine of his first 10, Antonio Nolan overcame foul trouble to get hot late, and the Comets pulled away for a 59-48 win in South Bend Friday. The Comets (8-5) led only 37-36 early in the fourth quarter before a strong finish against the 2-12 Indians.
Antonio Nolan hit a three-pointer to give the Comets a 22-6 lead early in the second quarter, but hit the bench with his third foul shortly afterward and did not return until the middle of the third. With Nolan on the bench and Donny Edwards already out with an illness, the Comets struggled to break down the defense. To make matters worse, Kolby Glenn also went to the bench with foul trouble later in the quarter. The Indians were holding Eaton to contested shots just outside the key. With the Comets’ offense struggling, the Indians slowly got back into the game. Drew Rose’s three-pointer got South Bend within five at 24-19 at halftime.
Eaton scored eight straight Comet points for a 35-26 lead late in the third quarter. Rose answered with a three pointer, and Raul Mora followed with a jump shot off a South Bend steal, cutting the lead to four. Rose opened the fourth quarter with an offensive rebound and three-point play, cutting the lead to 37-36.
The Comets answered with an 8-0 run, capped by Nolan’s three-pointer off an Eaton screen. After a South Bend basket, Eaton ran a pick-and-roll with Nolan, drove and got a three-point play for a ten-point lead. After the Indians cut the lead to six, Kolby Glenn hit a floater in traffic and from a tough angle with just 1:31 left, putting the Comets well on their way to victory.
Eaton scored 18 points for the Comets, and Nolan added 17. Corey Gregory scored nine points, including two three-pointers.
Naselle beats Firm Foundation
Naselle beat Firm Foundation 51-33 on Tuesday, Jan. 9 in Battleground, improving to 2-0 in Columbia Valley League play.
The Comets won the second quarter 22-9, getting seven points in the period from Jacob Eaton and five more from Kolby Glenn. The rest of the game, the Comets weren’t dominant against a team they had beaten by 48 in December.
“We really had only one decent quarter,” Comets coach Brian Macy said. “[Firm Foundation] plugged up the middle on defense.”
Eaton finished with 15 points, and Glenn added 11.
Naselle visits the Washington School for the Deaf Thursday at 7 p.m., then visits Columbia Adventist Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m.