On Friday, the Chanute Blue Comets boys’ basketball team took on the Rose Hill Rockets. The Comets took the win 68-64 behind 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists from junior Kam Koester. Rose Hill saw Kellan Simoneau score 25 points.
“[Koester]’s doing a great job. He’s doing what we expect him to do. He’s a guy who has dedicated himself to the program and he’s been in the gym and it shows,” Chanute’s head coach Devon Crabtree said.
This game was played in two wildly different halves. In the first quarter Chanute came out to an 18-9 lead with Aaron Robertson scoring 7 points in the opening period. They moved that to a 42-15 lead at halftime. Sophomore Eric Erbe led the Comets with 11 points at halftime, with Koester close behind at 10.
“We were just guarding, playing defense. That’s what it’s all about, we were getting stops, rebounding, and running, and when our guards are rebounding we can be a dangerous team,” Crabtree said.
Rose Hill made their very best effort to comeback in the second half. Simoneau scored 21 points while making 3 3-pointers. However his efforts proved unsuccessful, with the Rockets only closing the gap to 4 points, losing 68-64.
“Defensively we started letting shooters get loose and get confident. We knew coming into this game that they have some guys who can shoot it and knock it down,” Crabtree said, “We just didn’t do a good job of keeping the ball contained, especially late. Just letting them drive and then get the help over and then they would kick it out and hit a shot. Defensively, we just didn’t quite do the same thing. Then offensively we got complacent at times. We hit some shots in the first half, but started settling in the second.”