Comets fall flat during tournament
Lack of energy drastically damages team
Published: Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 15:12
The men’s basketball team lost both its games in the Diablo Valley College Chevron Invitational held Nov. 29 through Dec. 1.
The Comets finished in fifth place in the same tournament last season.
Contra Costa College (4-5 overall) lost both games to Lassen College 67-62 on Nov. 29, and Sacramento City College 81-72 on Nov. 30. The Comets were not able to have much help coming off the bench in both games, and all pressure was on sophomore guard Davion Mize who scored 24 points that night.
In the first game, the Comets were dominated by Lassen (8-5) at the start of the game. Men’s basketball coach Miguel Johnson was forced to call an early timeout, and the CCC defense forced 10 turnovers in that same half.
The Comet defense made it tough for the Cougars to take an easy shot, and forced them to take bad shots as the shot clock ran down.
These miscues by Lassen gave the Comets a 37-26 lead in the first half, and the Comets went 5-7 from beyond the 3-point line.
“When we finally figured (the Cougars) out we cut their lead and that made a difference,” Johnson said.
With the Comets up by 11 points going into the second half, they would look to hold on to the lead to win the game.
CCC came out strong, but started to get weary and Lassen gained the lead back.
The Comet defense was still creating turnovers, but could not capitalize on those opportunities to make points.
The Comet squad also was not getting any points from their reserve players, and was missing a key player Armein Outing who is averaging 14.8 points per game right now.
The lack of height was also an issue in the second half and poor rebounding gave Lassen a lot of second chance points.
Johnson said, that his inexperienced players played hard.
“We stopped executing and we were not boxing out and our lack of height gave (the Cougars) the overall advantage,” sophomore guard Dave Baulwin said. “We were missing Outing. He’s averaging like 14 points and those 14 points could make a big difference.”
Missed free throws also played a factor for the Comets going 14-23 from the free throw line. Those nine misses could have won the game for the Comets.
CCC went 21-58 and shot 39 percent in field goals, and shot 28 percent from the 3-point line, going 6-21.
The Comets forced 20 turnovers, while Lassen only forced eight on CCC.
Baulwin said that hot streak of shooting went cold in the second half.
“They were experienced guys (Lassen), and they made adjustments to our zone plays.” sophomore guard Fletcher Brown said.
The men’s basketball team came out worse in round two of the tournament, and trailed Sac City the whole game.
The Comets were still tired from the game the day before and were knocked out of the tournament after just two games.
“We came out flat and with no energy,” Baulwin said. “Basically you can’t win games playing at the level like we did.”
“The team energy wasn’t high and some of our guys are injured,” he said.
The Comets next game is against the College of Sequoias in the COS Tournament on Dec. 20 at 8 p.m.