The Kalamazoo Christian Comets scored a big SAC Valley division victory Tuesday, winning at Schoolcraft 63-56. The win keeps the Comets unbeaten entering the holiday break at 4-0 and drops the Eagles to 2-1. It was the first loss for Schoolcraft on their home floor since the Comets beat them on February 19, 2016.
K-Christian’s John Cramer opened the game with a three-pointer, but Schoolcraft answered with a 10-0 run, eight of the points coming from Kobe Clark. The Comets got back within two at the end of the quarter, 12-10, but didn’t reclaim the lead until about three minutes were left in the second quarter. K-Christian took a 23-21 advantage into halftime and never surrendered the lead, although the Eagles did tie the game a few times in the second half.
Both teams had their top scorers held in check in the first half, as K-Christian’s Jordan Katje was limited to four and Schoolcraft’s Trenton Lomason had zero. Both guys were key factors in the second half, finishing in the double-digits by the end of the night.
The Eagles were back within one at the end of the third quarter, 39-38. However, they also entered the fourth quarter with seven fouls. Despite struggling in their first three games at the foul line, the Comets went a solid 17-25, including an 8-10 mark for Sean Cummings and a 6-8 mark for Colin Sikkenga. In the final minute, Katje had the final dagger with a two-handed slam, drawing a huge roar from the visiting fans.
Sikkenga was the leading scorer for the Comets with 17, followed by 16 from Katje and Cummings. Clark topped Schoolcraft with 16, followed by 12 from Lomason and 11 by Jacob Huysken.
The Comets are off until the new year, traveling to Galesburg-Augusta on January 5. The Eagles compete once more in 2017, against Jackson on December 28 as part of the Chuck Turner Classic at Battle Creek Central.
Listen back to Tuesday’s game below:
KALAMAZOO CHRISTIAN SCORING: Colin Sikkenga 17, Jordan Katje 16, Sean Cummings 16, Noah De Jong 7, Adam Ritsema 4, John Cramer 3
SCHOOLCRAFT SCORING: Kobe Clark 16, Trenton Lomason 12, Jakob Huysken 11, Brice Walther 6, Bryce VanderWiere 6, Riley Piper 5.