|Posted by THE BOSS on March 6, 2015 at 11:50 AM|
Comets dented Old Boys’ title hopes in a close-run game that went to the wire in Gordano. Rahquon was off the mark from the low post in the first minute but Comets hit straight back to take their first lead with the first of nine three-pointers. They followed that with a two and another three for an early 8-3 lead, with our only other score in the first 4 minutes being one of a pair from Abe. We came back strongly in the middle of the quarter with another four inside baskets from Abe and a plus-one, a three-pointer and a lay-up from Keenan and Andy’s first score of the night in the 8th. Meanwhile, the red-hot Anderson hit another two 3s for Comets and they picked up another three baskets to win the period 22-19.
Keenan tied the game with another deep three at the start of the second quarter, but the scoring slowed on both sides, with Comets putting on only 12 more with another trey, 4 twos and one from the line and Old Boys adding only seven more with an elbow jumper and two out of four from the line for Mike and three out of four frees for Tony in the 10th. Comets won this one by 12-10 for a half time score of 34-29 to them.
Rahquon started the second half with another 2+1 to cut the deficit then Keenan and Abe got another bucket each, followed by one of a pair from Andy to take back the lead. Comets could only manage a single free throw in the first four minutes, but then Anderson grabbed it back with two more of his impossibly high-arcing triples. Abe hit one of a pair and another inside bucket, and Keenan scored another lay-up to take us back in front on 42-41, but man-on-fire Anderson hit another baseline floater and one of a pair to retake the lead. Andy made back to back strong inside moves in the 9th to see us end the quarter with another narrow lead at 46-44.
He came straight back out at the start of the final period with two more of the same, and another down low from Abe, with only one basket from Anderson in reply, to stretch our lead to six points after two minutes. This could have been an ideal time to put the game beyond their reach by switching from the 3-2 we had played all game, to throw their patient offence and force them into rushed shots like their man-to-man had rushed us all game. We stuck with what seemed to be working though, only for them to go on another 6-0 run led by Anderson to tie it again. We retook it by 4 with another bucket apiece from Abe and Andy in the 5th, only for Anderson to hit another corner triple, despite intense pressure from Lee.
They retook a one-point lead with a fast-break lay-up from our sloppy turnover, then Lee clawed it back in the 9th with a put-back inside. Anderson, of course, put them straight back up by two with his sixth three-pointer of the night. Keenan retied the game at 60-all with another lay-up after a sweet passing move from a baseline inbounds. We had tired legs out there, though, and we were undone in the 10th by another turnover, leading to a lay-up for them, followed by two made frees by Anderson when we had to foul quickly. Finally, Adams made another one of a pair for them to win by 65-60.
Now it’s up to Mohawks to field their strongest available side and play their A game to beat Comets at least once (come on lads, why not twice, home and away?) to give Old Boys another chance of the second division title.
Scorers; Ahmed 19, Lawrence 14, Broughton 13 (MVP), Chambers 5, Bailey 4, Kissoon 3, Eleazar 2.