Hornets topple Coleman, Clare, now 12-3

February 9, 2018

by Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

Host Coleman put up a good fight, but ultimately it was Harrison that won Tuesday’s non-conference boys basketball game. The Hornets, who are in second place

Harrison’s Deontae Balderas soars in for two during a recent home game. photo by LB Custom Photography

Harrison’s Deontae Balderas soars in for two during a recent home game.
photo by LB Custom Photography

in the Jack Pine Conference overcame an early hole to pick up a 56-43 victory.

“Coleman knocked down some shots and played us tough, we were lucky to hold on and win,” Harrison coach Matt Cooper said.

The Comets started off hot, leading 11-7 after the first quarter, though the Hornets rebounded in time to take a 25-20 lead into the half.

Harrison pushed further away in the third and fourth quarters with 16-10 and 15-13 scoring edges.

“The boys played well,” Coleman head coach Clark Swerdan said. “We started fast and led most of the first. It was back and forth in the second and they hit a three at the buzzer to take a five point lead at half-time. They slowly pulled away in the second half. They guys played hard & gave me everything they had, which is all I can ask for. We just have to cut down on the turnovers and finish better, if we want to give ourselves a chance to win. Harrison is a good team and executed well.”

The Hornets were led by Ryan Carlstrom with 14 points and 12 rebounds, Tomas Teklegergis had eight points and four assists, Mason Clark had nine points and two assists, Joel Coughlin had seven points and seven rebounds, Kegan Saxton had seven points and three rebounds, Hunter Woolston had seven points and five boards and Deonte Balderas had four points and had three steals.

For the Comets, Tayven Cottrell had 12 points, Connor Arnold added 11 points and six boards,  Kamron DeVrieze had six points and four rebounds, Logan Schocknesse had six points, Josh Hilliard had three points, five rebounds and four assists and Tyler Germain had two points, six rebounds and three assists.

On Friday, Coleman lost a Mid-State Activities Conference game in Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart, 71-28. The Irish led the whole way, 22-7, 42-17 and 57-24 at the quarter breaks.

Arnold led the Comets with 18 points, six rebounds and three blocks and Spencer Pnacek had four points and three rebounds.

“Arnold had a heck of a game,” Swerdan said. “We just couldn’t get him any offensive help. My guys played hard, we were just outmatched.”

Coleman (2-10 overall, 2-7 MSAC) hosts Carson City-Crystal tonight (Friday), heads to St. Louis on Tuesday, hosts Montabella on Wednesday and heads to Ashley on Friday, Feb. 16.

Harrison played a Jack Pine Conference game in Gladwin Friday night, where it picked up a 61-40 victory.

“Gladwin played really well in the first half and took it to us,” Cooper said. “We responded well and were able to get it going in the second half at both ends of the floor.  Our press got us some turnovers and easy shots that we were able to capitalize on.  We held them to seven points in the second half and were able to pull away.”

Balderas led the way with 25 points, Coughlin had 10 and with eight apiece were Hunter Woolston and Teklegergis.

On Wednesday, Jan. 31 the Hornets earned a key JPC win over Clare, 53-46.

“Our kids played with a lot of heart and we are proud of their effort,” Cooper said. “Clare is an ultra-athletic team and well coached so to be able to beat them was huge for our guys.”

Teklegergis led the Hornets with 18 points and four assists, Balderas had 14 points and had nine points and six rebounds.

Harrison (12-3 overall, 7-3 JPC) heads to Roscommon tonight (Friday), hosts Marion on Monday and hosts Houghton Lake on Friday, Feb. 16.

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