|Comets topple Durant|
by By Jesse Mullen · December 14, 2012
The West Liberty Comets (5-0) continued to roll on Friday against Durant-Bennett (3-2) with a 68-45 win in front of a home crowd. According to coach James Laughlin, it was “probably our most complete game yet.”
Four of the starters made 10 or more points led by senior Tyler Newsom with 20 and junior Kyle Miller with 17. Both senior Ty Williams and junior Brett Becker scored 10 points.
The Comets started hot by outscoring Durant 20-11 in the first quarter and 12-9 in the second. During the third quarter the Comets extended their lead to 23 points outscoring Durant 18-7. The defense fell off a bit during the fourth when the Comets allowed 18 points, but scored an additional 18 themselves.
“We started the game with some mistakes on the offensive end, but our defense held solid so we didn’t let Durant get away and then we started hitting some shots and playing very well,” Laughlin said. “We played very well at times on both the offensive and defensive end.”
Even non-starting junior Carl Guardado netted eight points.
Squeeker with Tipton
Earlier in the week the boys pulled out a tight win against a struggling Tipton (0-3) squad, 59-58.
Newsom and Miller led in points with 18 and 17 respectively. None of the team shot especially well, but benefitted at the free throw line making 19 of 26 attempts overall. Tipton on the other hand made only seven of 16 free throws.
West Liberty struggled out the gate, falling 16-15 in the first quarter. The Comets pulled ahead by the half outscoring Tipton 16-7 in the second, but nearly blew the game being outscored 17-15 in the third quarter and 18-13 in the fourth.
Results of the Tuesday night match at North Cedar (3-1) were not available by press time for the Index. The boys play again against West Branch (3-1) on Friday in West Branch.