On Saturday, Stew-Stras had their own 2nd period run and a strong finish, but once again, couldn’t shake off their opponent in crunch time.
Down 11-7 to start the 2nd at Mt. Pulaski, the Comets put on a 20-13 run to take a 3-point half-time lead, 27-24. Mt. Pulaski reclaimed the lead with a 15-8 run in the 3rd, 39-35. Stew-Stras scored 18 late, but Mt. Pulaski 19 and notched the win.
The Comets were on a bombing run, Saturday, connecting on a sortie of ten 3-point missiles. But it still wasn’t enough. Mt. Pulaski had seven treys and a 6-point advantage at the foul line. That and their 8-point advantage inside the arc, gave the Toppers enough to offset the Comet 9-point edge from distance and get the win.
Brandon Helmuth led all scorers with 24 points, including five 3-pointers. Jason Fry had 18 points, including a trey hat trick. mark Jones and Austin Rincker had just three points each, both from the arc.
Mt. Pulaski 58, Stew-Stras 53
Mt. P 11-13-15-19--58
Stew stats: Helmuth 24 (4-2s, 5-3 pt FGs, 1/2 FTs), Fry 18 (3-2s, 3-3 pt FGs, 3/3 FTs), Jones 3 (FG), Rincker 3 (FG), Bugger 5 (2 FGs, 1/3 FTs). Team FGs 19. 3-Pointers: 10 (Helmuth 5, Fry 3, Jones, Rincker). Team FTs 5-of-8.
Mt. P stats: Luczaj 19 (4-2s, 2-3 pt FGs, 5/8 FTs), Thomas 10 (3-3 pt FGs, 1/2 FTs), Lowery 9 (3 FGs, 3/4 FTs), B. Collier 6 (2-3 pt FGs), Leinweber 5 ( 2 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Amidon 4 (2 FGs), Huff 3 (FG, 1/2 FTs), Stewart 2 (FG, 0/1 FTs). Team FGs 20. 3-Pointers: 7 (Thomas 3, Collier 2, Luczaj). Team FTs 11-of-21