The Duncan Banner

December 8, 2012

Comets lose title in OT

Evan Grice
The Duncan Banner

VELMA — There was a rare occurrence taking place at J.M. Carey Fieldhouse Saturday night in Velma.

An opposing team coming in and defeating the Comets.

In a tightly contested championship game, Amber-Pocasset used a balanced two-person scoring attack to gain an advantage, whilst managing to survive in overtime 48-44 winning the Bullet Energy Comet Classic.

“We were behind most of the game and came back at the end to tie it up,” V-A coach Kenny Bare said. “Am-Po is a really good team and well coached. They had some players step up tonight and it showed. We’re just going to have to take this and learn from it and go forward.”

V-A’s only lead of the overtime period came courtesy of a free throw by Zac Cable at the 3:27 mark, before the Panthers took the lead at the 1:42 mark, 43-41.

A 5-3 run the rest of the way ensured it was a clean sweep for Am-Po at the Comet Classic as the Lady Panthers won the girls title earlier in the evening.

During the first half, the Comets briefly held the lead twice by two points, while the Panthers biggest lead came in the third quarter at 30-23.

Going into halftime, V-A found itself down 18-14, then 32-30 going into the fourth.

With 2:20 left in regulation, the Comets tied the game at 40-40 and nearly won the game in the dying seconds but tough defense by the Panthers prevented a shot from going off.

Leading the scoring on the evening for the Comets (4-1) was Cable with 19 points followed by Dallen Mercer with 10 points. Checotah Lynn scored nine points.

Am-Po was paced by Ryan Cauthen who led all scorers with 31 points, with teammate Levi Prickett scoring 16 points.

“They (Am-Po) just had good players that could make shots,” V-A guard Jaz Gayanich said. “We didn’t play as a team. You can’t win like that. This is a bad reminder about what happened in March at the state tournament. It’s really just a building block from where we are and where were going to be.”