Basketball drops one to Durant

Mark and Cindy Becker · Tuesday, December 12, 2017
The West Liberty boys’ basketball team hosted the Durant Wildcats on Tuesday, Dec. 5 in West Liberty. The Comets were unable to topple the 3-0 Wildcats and went down 61-41.

“We didn't shoot the ball well all night and had too many turnovers throughout the night,” explained Coach James Laughlin when asked about the game.

“Their big guy was a factor inside and we couldn't make much outside to counter act that. We let them have a big 3rd quarter as our turnovers and missed shots were converted easily into layups,” he said.

“Our lack of transition defense was a factor and we need to continue to get better at it as it was also a problem during the Bellevue game as well. I think us being more efficient on offense; taking good shots and making shots will help as well,” he said.

West Liberty struck first and got out to a 6-2 lead on two 3 point shots by Seth Feldman. Durant then countered with 6 of their own to bring the teams even.

Tanner Iske and Spencer Daufeldt each got in score book but Durant outscored the Comets 8-4 to hold the lead at the end of the quarter 14-10.

The second quarter told a different story. West Liberty was unable to put the ball in the basket consistently and Durant expanded the lead even more as they ran out to a 24-10 lead before Daufeldt made a free throw with less than 2 minutes left in the quarter to put the first points on the board for West Liberty in the second quarter.

Feldman would haul down an offensive rebound and put it back up late in the period for the Comets only basket of the quarter and West Liberty would go into halftime with a 26-13 deficit.

The shooting woes continued for West Liberty after halftime. Coupled with missed shots and turnovers, Durant was able to start the quarter with a 20-2 run.

The Comets were able to regain their composure and end the quarter by outscored the visitors 9-5, but would still be down by 25 points as the quarter ended.

West Liberty would show their competitiveness in the fourth quarter as they started the quarter by outscoring the Wildcats 11-4. Daufeldt would battle inside and score 8 of his 15 points for the game in the quarter.

West Liberty outscored Durant in the final frame 13-6, but it was too little too late and the Comets were unable to come back and lost 61-41 to another very good River Valley Conference opponent.

Junior Seth Feldman paced West Liberty with 18 points on 7-18 shooting, while Junior Spencer Daufeldt and Brent Meyers chimed in with 15 and 6 points respectively. Seth Feldman also led the team with 7 rebounds and Sophomore Austin McMichael grabbed 5 boards for the Comets on the night.

West Liberty traveled to Iowa City Regina last Friday night and lost to the Regals 81-52. The boys fall to 0-3 on the year and travel to NE Gooselake on Dec. 12 and host Mid-Prairie and West Branch this Friday and Saturday at West Liberty.
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