|Comets basketball takes advantage of jamboree|
by Norv and Mary Coblentz · December 11, 2013
The West Liberty boys' basketball team faced a tall and talented Williamsburg at the City High Jamboree Nov. 25. The teams played two eight-minute periods, the equivalent of a half of a basketball game. The final score was 28-10, Williamsburg.
Jamborees are typically used to work out some kinks before the official season begins.
"That's why we do these things," West Liberty Head Coach James Laughlin said. "You get four or five practices in, then you see where you're at. You can scrimmage a team like that - a tall team, a good team - it was good for us."
In the first period, the Comets scored six points on a basket by Kyle Miller, a free throw by Carl Guardado, and a three-pointer by Brett Becker.
In the second period, Miller made a layup, and Guardado made two of two from the free throw line.
Brady Smith, Guardado, and Troy Heick were all rebounding presences for the Comets.
"Obviously we've got a lot to work on, but I saw some positives, too," Laughlin said. "I think we can utilize (our quickness) to our advantage. Hopefully we can (use the) transition (for) more points. We missed some easy transition baskets tonight. I think that's a correctable mistake."
"We've got some guys who can really jump," he added, "We've got to make sure we're blocking out. We lost Tyler (Newsom and his outside shooting) from last year (to graduation), and we've got to find a way to replace him. We'll improve. We'll knock some shots down, there's no doubt about it."
The Comets first game of the season will be Dec. 6 at West Liberty. They will face Northeast. West Liberty scoring (unofficial): Kyle Miller 2 0-0 4, Carl Guardado 1 1-2 3; Brett Becker 1 0-0 3, 1 3-pointer