FALLSBURG – The Comets hosted the Blue Devils on Wednesday night for the first game of the season. The stage was set by an electric JV game, with the Blue Devils overcoming an 11-point deficit …
FALLSBURG – The Comets hosted the Blue Devils on Wednesday night for the first game of the season. The stage was set by an electric JV game, with the Blue Devils overcoming an 11-point deficit to win 54-52. The Varsity game was a bit more one-sided, with the Comets nearly leading from start to finish and winning 55-46 on opening night.
The game started with a technical foul enforced against the Comets, so instead of a jump ball, the game started with two free throws for Alaniz Ruiz and the Blue Devils, who started with a 2-0 lead. The Comets quickly swung the momentum back to their side, outscoring the Blue Devils 10-4 and taking the lead. By the end of the first quarter, the score was 14-10 in favor of the Comets.
The Comets produced a lot of their offense in the paint, with their two big men, Eugene Johnson and Akinde Bryan, scoring 24 and 14 respectively. Throughout the night, Fallsburg used their size to stifle the Roscoe offense, forcing turnovers and grabbing rebounds on both sides of the ball.
Thanks, in no small part, to the size advantage and skill of the Comets’ bigs, Fallsburg outscored Roscoe 19-6 in the second quarter.
Both sides had some sloppy plays, which is to be expected in the first game of the season. The Blue Devils found their stride in the second half, outscoring the Comets by 8, but the 17-point halftime lead for the Comets was enough to seal the win.
Leading the scoring for Roscoe, Alaniz Ruiz was able to net 23 points, including 19 in the second half while trying to spark the comeback.
“Fallsburg’s bigs really dominated the court,” Roscoe coach Mike Hill said. “We didn’t have an answer for them, but we worked hard and played with a positive attitude.”
After Fallsburg’s dominant victory in their first game, coach Lionel White said, “We did a good job of attacking the basket and making our defense our offense. It was a good start for our first game, but we still have to get better. We’re going to enjoy this win tonight and get back to work tomorrow.”
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