The Kalamazoo Christian Comets moved to the regional round for the first time since their 2008 state championship run after defeating the Gobles Tigers Friday night 39-34 in the boys district 79 final from Bloomingdale. The win comes only one night after the Comets knocked off 4th-ranked Hackett Catholic in the semifinal round.
It was a very low scoring game overall and a very slow start offensively for both teams. Gobles scored first and held a 3-2 lead until about two minutes remained in the first quarter, when the Comets came alive to take a 12-5 lead by the end of the frame. An even second quarter led to a 21-14 halftime score.
Gobles kept inching back, trailing 29-26 after the third quarter. The Tigers finally reclaimed the lead midway through the fourth on a basket by Tyler Hunt, 33-32 Gobles stayed ahead until Drew Scheffers buried a three with 2:25 remaining.
“We had a senior step up for us, Scheffers came back and hit a huge shot,” said Comets head coach Brennan Davis. “I’m proud of them, it’s awesome.”
Gobles got back within one off a free throw. With just under a minute to go, an inbound play to Scheffers put the Comets ahead by three. The Tigers missed a three, but had another chance after K-Christian failed to convert a one-and-one. Alex Visser stole the ball away at the wing for the Comets in the final twenty seconds and converted both free throws that followed to seal up the victory. Visser finished with 11 points, the only player between the two squads to get to double-digits. Trey DeJong had nine, all in the first half. Austin Martin topped Gobles with nine. Hunt, who averages 18 a game, was limited to eight.
Gobles finishes the season at 16-7, while the Comets improve to 16-7. Up next for them is the Regional 17 semifinal against Schoolcraft (22-1), whose only loss came to Hackett. The Comets lost 72-46 to the Eagles in mid-January, but only fell by two, 58-56, in their February rematch. You can listen to that game Monday at 7 p.m. from Bangor on Michigan Sports Radio, as well as the first Regional 17 semifinal at 5:30 p.m. between Cassopolis and Quincy.
You can listen back to Friday’s district final below: