This was a lesson the No. 4 Velma-Alma Comets were more than happy to teach to the Paoli Pugs Saturday night at J. M. Carey Fieldhouse.
A 32-4 run to end the first quarter was more than enough momentum for the Comets as they cruised to the district championship with a 94-30 victory.
“I’m just so glad we came out and played with intensity,” V-A coach Kenny Bare said. “When you play a team that you know you’re better than, you can’t let them have life early. I think we established off the bat we were going to get in our running game. It was too much for them (Paoli) too handle.”
There wasn’t much excitement in the scoreline, as the Comets made sure any doubts about their play were laid to rest.
However, the V-A players were more than happy to electrify the Comet faithful throughout the contest with dunks and fluid passing attacks.
By the time PHS reached double digits, V-A was up 36-10 at the 6:35 mark of the second quarter.
Going into the halftime break, it was epidemic the Comets were in control as they led the Pugs 62-15.
With three quarters complete, V-A led 78-20.
“Very unselfish play from the Comets tonight is what we showed,” Bare said. “For our eight seniors this was for sure their last game they’ll play on this court. We’ve still got a little ways to go with them this year, and we’ll miss them for sure. This was just overall a good night for us.”
Jaz Gayanich registered a double-double on the evening with 21 points and 12 rebounds, with Zac Cable adding 16 points in the game. Dallen Mercer put in 12 points, with Jake McGuire scoring 10 points.
Checotah Lynn tossed eight points for the Comets (21-3), with Conner Sullivan and Kelton Brown each putting in six points.
Ty Dulworth and Tyler Nalley rounded out the scoring each with four points.
Paoli (3-16) was led by Aaron Webster with 12 points followed by Andrew Duncan with seven points.
Dustin Duncan added six points on the night.
V-A now advances to face the winner of the District 3 tournament, which is favored to be No. 20 Agra (20-4).
These two ranked teams will face off Thursday night Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. from Macomb High School.
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