Comets moved aside by Montezuma, 63-28

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • BCLUW senior Keegan Rhinehart, left, fights for a rebound during the Comets’ loss to Montezuma at home on Monday night.

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON • BCLUW senior Keegan Rhinehart, left, fights for a rebound during the Comets’ loss to Montezuma at home on Monday night.

CONRAD — The BCLUW boys basketball team took the court on Monday night, looking for its first win of the season against a 2-1 Montezuma squad.

The Comets weren’t able to accomplish that goal, however, falling to the Braves 63-28 behind a barrage of 3-pointers.

After a slow start for both teams gave Montezuma a 9-7 advantage heading to the second quarter, the Braves (3-1) would hit eight shots behind the arc the rest of the way while shooting almost 40 percent behind the 3-point line.

Comets head coach Luke Higgins said ultimately his guys weren’t doing enough to challenge the Montezuma shooters, which led to the lopsided scoring.

“We just weren’t closing out with our hands up,” Higgins said. “We were closing out with our hands down and that was our biggest problem there, and when you get down it’s hard to pick yourself back up, and I feel that was what our problem was. We came out in the third quarter trying to do everything we could do get the ball, and then you are trying to do too much and it’s too late.”

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON

T-R PHOTO BY THORN COMPTON

BCLUW (0-4) was led in scoring by Logan Mann with 12 points — the second time he’s reached the double digits this season — but no other Comet managed more than five points in the loss.

Higgins said Mann has all the ability to be the team’s No. 1 scorer, but they have to get someone else to drop in some points consistently.

“Logan out of the shoot was confident and was knocking them down and we were in the game,” he said. “We have to have that second guy though, that’s really what we are looking for right now, that second guy that scores 14 or 15 a night. We don’t need a 20-pointer, but we need that 14-15 guy.”

The Comets would have scored more than a season-low 28 points had they taken advantage of opportunities at the rim, but BCLUW struggled to score in the paint all night against the Braves.

“I think that’s something we will be working on a lot,” Higgins said. “I said to the boys that we will be working on finishing around the rim, finishing around the rim, and finishing around the rim tomorrow.”

Though they’ve dropped each of their first four games, and each of the last three by double digits, Higgins said the team is still growing and learning how to get things done on the court.

“Every time there is a loss you have to think of it as the next step,” he said. “We had to go through that because we will build off of that and there were tons of learning experiences from both of those losses that we can build off of. It’s not going to be hard, we just have to keep finding stuff.”

Next up for the Comets is a road test against Grundy Center on Friday night, starting at 7:45 p.m.

Montezuma 63, BCLUW 28

At Conrad

MONTEZUMA (2-1) — Nolan Reynolds 1 0-0 2, Hunter Ray 9 2-3 24, Trey Shearer 5 0-0 12, Reece McCaslen 2 0-0 5, Vance Bushong 3 0-0 6, Brayden Arendt 0 0-0 0, Nolan Havran 0 0-0 0, Cole Watts 1 0-0 2, Daniel Bryan 0 0-0 0, Clay Krousie 1 0-0 3, Parker Johnson 0 0-0 0, Andy McCulley 4 0-0 9, Adam Cheney 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 26 2-5 63.

BCLUW (0-4) — Jack Garber 2 0-4 5, Treye Teske 1 1-3 3, Troy Dolphin 1 1-1 3, Logan Mann 5 0-0 12, Jonny Neff 0 0-0 0, Erick Knott 0 0-0 0, Tristen Gallentine 0 0-0 0, Noah Lahmen 0 0-0 0, Keegan Rhinehart 0 0-0 0, Mason Yantis 2 1-1 5. TOTALS 11 3-9 28.

MONTEZUMA 9 23 13 18 — 63

BCLUW 7 7 7 7 — 28

3-Point Goals–ZUMA 9 (Hunter 4, Shearer 2, Krousie, McCaslen, McCulley), BCLUW 3 (Mann 2, Garber). Total Fouls–ZUMA 17, BCLUW 15. Fouled Out–none.