On Tuesday, the Chanute Blue Comets’ boys’ basketball team met up with the Fort Scott Tigers. Chanute took the win 68-53. The Tigers were led by Gavin Pytholwany’s 22 points. Chanute saw 22 points from Garrett Almond and 17 points from Carter Coombs.
“[Almond’s] doing a great job. He’s leading for us, we’ve got to get him to keep defending and to keep doing those little things. Obviously, he can really score and he can really play,” Chanute’s head coach Devon Crabtree said, “We know Carter can shoot and that’s what he’s been doing. He’s doing a good job as a freshman, we’re excited for him. He’s doing what we ask him to do.”
In the opening quarter Chanute came out to a 21-17 lead behind 9 from Almond. Coombs hit 3 3-pointers in the second quarter to help Chanute extend to a 43-30 lead. They came out in the second half with more of the same and took the 68-53 win.
Chanute won by shooting. The Comets made it rain with 12 3-pointers made in the contest, compared to the Tigers’ 4. A lot of that came from Coombs hitting 5 3’s, including some from pretty long range.
“We made some shots, obviously that was kind of the main thing. I thought defensively we weren’t our best tonight but fortunately we made some shots to balance that out a little bit,” Crabtree said.
So far this year, Chanute has had multiple examples of technical fouls and warnings being assigned.
“[We need to work on] just acting like we’ve made shots before and worry about the game and not what people are saying. That’s what we’re trying to get out there. We want to come out and play with a chip on our shoulder and that’s what we’re doing but we’ve got to be smart about it,” Crabtree said.