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After having such an extended period of time off during the holiday break, the No. 6 Velma-Alma Comets decided to play four quarters and then some against Bray-Doyle Friday night at Donkey Gymnasium.
When the halftime buzzer sounded, instead of heading to the locker room the Comets went through a normal practice routine on the court.
The extra effort paid off though in the end as the Comets flexed their offensive muscle by winning 75-23.
“You can’t have any rest after a long break,” V-A senior Dallen Mercer said about the halftime routine. “We had so much time off over Christmas and the past five days we’ve just been going hard. It was all about getting our focus back so we can get better.”
Bray-Doyle tried to hang with the high-flying Comets early on, getting as close as three points in the first quarter at 5-2 with 6:15 left.
However, from that moment on there wasn’t anything close about the contest.
V-A ended the first quarter with a 27-7 lead, before taking a 52-17 lead into the halftime break.
“You want to win and these kids took care of business,” V-A coach Kenny Bare said. “We’re just trying to get better with every game. Right now we’re not where we need to be as a team. I was happy to see a lot of assists happening tonight as well.”
Assists weren’t the only things happening in bulk as the Comets loaded up on rebounds, blocks and steals throughout the contest against the Donkeys.
V-A (8-1) finished 8-for-15 from the free throw line, to go with 8-for-22 from behind the arc.
Bray-Doyle (0-8) totaled 1-for-9 from three-point range, combined with an 0-for-2 night at the line.
For the game, Zac Cable finished with 24 points, with 20 of them coming in the first half to go with five steals.
Dallen Mercer wasn’t far behind as he finished with 17 points to go with six rebounds and six steals.
“So many officials have told me Dallen has some of the quickest hands they have ever seen,” Bare said. “Zac has also been shooting the ball extremely well lately. All of these guys are playing well and just getting better all the time.”
Dallas Bare finished with six points while Jaz Gayanich and Jake McGuire each totaled four points.
Bray-Doyle was led by Jessie Bearce with 16 points followed by Randy Jackson with six points.
V-A will be facing Rush Springs in the first round of the Black Diamond Tournament on Monday night at 8:15 p.m. Bray-Doyle will meet Sterling at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday night.