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2/5/2013 8:28:00 PM
Strong fourth quarter leads soph Comets past Coal City

The Reed-Custer sophomore basketball team held Coal City scoreless in the fourth quarter of their 43-30 win Saturday at the Coal City sophomore tournament.

"After an emotional high of having both our sophomore and varsity teams defeat Wilmington on Rivalry Night in the I-8, I don't think our kids were mentally focused to play against Coal City at 10 a.m. the following morning," said head coach Adam Wenger.

Coal City led 12-8 after the first.

R-C tied it at 21 at the half and Coal City led by one entering the final frame.

"To the Coalers' credit, they played with a lot of effort and executed their press break really well against us," said Wenger.

"They shredded our full-court press for three quarters. We took the press off and went to our half-court scramble defense in the fourth which took away their transition offense."

Brent Headrick and Nick Urban both had nine points and two steals to lead the offense. Headrick also had seven rebounds, two assists and one block.

A.J. Simonelli and Austin Hauck both scored eight points. Simonelli had six rebounds and Hauck had four rebounds, two assists and five steals.

Neil O'Donnell added four points, two rebounds and three steals and Robert McGregor and Vince Damiano both scored two points.

Damiano added five rebounds and two steals.

Tommy Shaw finished with one point and three steals.

"We forced more turnovers in the half-court game and Hauck made several free throws down the stretch to ice the game."

"Tournaments are all about advancing to the next round, and sometimes you have to win ugly."

The Comets are now 19-5 on the season. They traveled to Dwight Tuesday and will travel to Herscher Friday.

For more on the Comets, pick up a copy of the Feb. 6 Journal.

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