COLOMA — Seven turnovers in the third quarter put Coloma’s boys basketball team in jeopardy of losing a winnable game. But with a terrific fourth quarter performance, the Comets blew away visiting Gobles for a 63-45 Southwestern Athletic Conference Lakeshore Division win on Tuesday night.
“I’m proud of the kids,” said Coloma boys coach Paul Marfia. “Gobles is a team with 13 wins and they beat us last time at their place. We did what we were supposed to, we are improving.”
Coloma fell 50-24 in the girls game.
Coloma (7-4 SAC Lakeshore, 9-8) opened the fourth quarter with a 13-0 run, with Zach Goodline scoring all 13 points. He scored with back-to-back 3-pointers at 7:34 and 6:59, and then followed with a bucket at 6:32. A third 3-pointer from Goodline pushed the Comets to a 50-40 lead.
“It’s a great thing when your scorer is also your point guard,” said Marfia. “You can’t deny him the ball. He went out there and took it away from (Gobles).
“When you got a kid like that you get out of his way. He felt he cost us the game against Gobles last time and he wasn’t going to let that happen tonight.”
Gobles (6-4, 13-5) trailed 29-23 at halftime. The Tigers got off to a quick start in the third quarter with Tyler Hunter scoring back-to-back buckets cutting the lead to within in two.
Goodline scored on a three-point play at 6:53, drawing a foul off Tyler Stedman and putting Coloma up 32-27.
But the Comets got into trouble late in the quarter. A three-point play by Clayton Stapert cut Coloma’s lead to 39-36 with 10.6 seconds remaining. Hunt followed by grabbing a rebound and scoring a bucket with 2.5 seconds to go, cutting the score to 39-38 going into the fourth quarter.
“We got to be fundamental,” said Marfia. “We weren’t taking care of the ball and that’s very frustrating as a coach, you hate to do that. Those things add up.”
Goodline scored a game-high 37 points. Robbie Schroeder and Michael Dancer each added five.
Peyton Austin led Gobles with 14 points, while Hunt and Stapert added 12 apiece.
In the girls game the Comets struggled to contain Gobles.
Gobles (10-1 SAC Lakeshore, 16-3) used a 14-4 run to build a 46-22 lead over Coloma (7-5, 9-10) in the fourth quarter.
“When you play good teams you have to match what they don and we didn’t do that tonight,” said Coloma girls coach Fred Paulsen. “They are well coached, they shoot well and you have to take some of that away and we didn’t do that tonight.”
Coloma mounted a brief rally in the third quarter.
Nicolle Larson scored at bucket at 7:05 to cut the gap to 22-17. Christiana Hunt scored a bucket for Gobles to extend the Tigers’ lead to 24-17, but a 3-pointer by Hannah Mathis put the game at 24-20.
Two buckets by Hailey Baxter pushed the Tigers to 28-20 and Coloma never caught up.
“It’s a helpless feeling,” said Paulsen. “The effort and intensity have to be there. When you’re not shooting well you have to do something well to stay in the game. We were in it at halftime, I don’t know what happened.”
Baxter led Gobles with a game-high 23 points.
Morgan Wagner scored eight points for Coloma. Mathis and Kayla Yore each added another five points, while Mya Potter scored four.