Arnold’s 32 leads Comets past Vestaburg

January 31, 2019

by Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

When the Coleman boys basketball team found themselves down four points at the half of Friday’s home Mid-State Activities Conference game with Vestaburg, head coach Clark Swerdan didn’t let his team panic. The Comets tendency to play better in the second half proved true again, as they came back to beat the Wolverines 55-49.

“We’ve been a second half team all year and fortunately that was true again,” Swerdan said. “We started the third quarter on a nice run and built a little lead, but Vestaburg fought tough and kept it close. We sealed the game with a pair of clutch free throws by both Logan Schochnesse and Connor Arnold.”

Vestaburg had a slight lead early on, 14-13 after the first and 29-25 at the half. The Comets rallied to pull ahead 43-41 entering the fourth and held off the Wolverines in the final eight minutes.

“It was a dog-fight, Vestaburg gave us all we could handle,” Swerdan said. “We kind of struggled in the first half to get in a rhythm. The first half was just back-and-forth. We had several threes that just rattled out.”

Arnold finished with a big 32 points and 13 rebounds, Dominic Beauchamp had eight points and Kam DeVrieze had six points.

Tanner Freeman led the Wolverines with 23 points.

“Connor had a huge game for us and we needed all 32 of his points,” Swerdan said. “Their big freshman post player really hurt us, he was a beast in there.”
Coleman (7-5 overall, 5-3 MSAC) hosted Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart on Wednesday, hosts Breckenridge tonight (Friday), heads to Harrison on Tuesday and travels to Ashley on Friday.

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