The Stew-Stras Comets dropped their first two games of the Vandalia Holiday Tournament, but then came back and finished strong, winning three games in a row to capture 5th place. As already reported, they beat St. Elmo and beat Shelbyville, then in the playoff round, they got a big win against NTC opponent Altamont, 68-62 in overtime.
This week's Daily Union Athlete of the Week, Nicholas Ferris, is the engine that makes the Comets go. He not only led them as the floor general that leads the charge, he led in scoring in the 5th place win.
Ferris scored a game-high 25 points, including a trey hat trick and a perfect 8-of-8 at the line. Ferris scored in every period and the overtime. He led the team in the first with two treys, led them in the 2nd with a deuce and a trey and 2-of-2 at the line. He scored twice in the 3rd and had 2-of-2 free throws and a deuce in the 4th. He added two more free throws in the OT.
Ferris carried the team until the 2nd half, when Zach Rincker got hot. In the 4th period Rincker and Matt Tabbert joined Ferris in the 4th and then Tabbert took the lead scoring six points in OT.
Altamont had the slimmest of leads after a hotly contested 1st period, 16-15. Jordan McGinnis scored three times for Altamont for six points, but Ferris scored six points, too, with a pair of treys. Jacob Jahraus scored twice for the indians, but Tabbert answered with two scores.
Ray Heiden hit an Altamont 3, but Luke Rincker got a Comet trey. Zach Rinckeer hit a two for Stew-Stras, but Brock Ledbetter had another Altamont trey for a 1-point lead.
In the 2nd period, Stew-Stras got the scales to tip their way and take a 2-point lead at the half, 32-30. Ferris had eight points. he went to the line twice and made all four shots. He then had a deuce and a trey.
Luke Rincker had his second 3-pointer and Tabbert scored twice. He completed a 3-point play on the second score. Altamont got a pair of treys from Duckwitz and Ledbetter had a triple. McGinnis got to the line once and converetd both shots. Altamont golf star Cody Drone scored and then split a pair to keep Altamont within two points at the break.
The 3rd period was a defensive battle and the Comets held onto the 2-point lead heading into the 4th, 43-41. Ferris scored twice, but it was Zach Rincker's seven points, sparked by a 3-pointer, then two twos that kept the Comet lead.
Duckwitz scored twice inside the arc for Altamont, McGinnis once and Heiden was 1-of-2 at the line. Two more players got on the the board to keep the pressure on the Comets. Colin Miller scored and Jason Hooks scored.
With 8:00 left in regulation, McGinnis stepped up with three more scores, the last a 3-point play. Duckwitz and Heiden added solo treys and Hooks a deuce. Tabbert scored twice, the second time a 3-pointer. Ferris made two more free throws and a deuce and so did Zach Rincker. Buit the Comets were two missed free throws short of winning in regulation, as Altamont tied the game, 56-56.
In OT, the Comets left the Indians in the dust scoring 12 points in 4:00. Zach Rincker had a two and two free throws. Ferris went to the line and made two. The key was three scores from Tabbert. Altamont only got two buckets, from McGinnis and Duckwitz. McGinnis and Jahraus both split a pair at the line, but fell behind and had to settle for 6th place.
Vandalia Holiday Tournament
5th Place Game
Stew-Stras 68, Altamont 62 OT
Stew stats: Nicholas Ferris 25 4-2s, 3-3 pt FGs, 8/8 FGs), Matt Tabbert 20 (9 FGs, 2/4 FTs), Zach Rincker 17 (5-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 4/4 FTs), Luke Rincker 6 (2-3 pt FGs). Team FGs 24. 3-Pointers: 6 (Ferris 3, L. Rincker 2, Z. Rincker). Team FTs 14-of-18.
Alta stats: Jordan McGinnis 20 (8 FGs, 4/5 FTs), Brandon Duckwitz 15 ( 3-2s, 3-3 pt FGs), Ryan Heiden 7 (2-3 pt FGs, 1/3 FTs), Brock Ledbetter 6 (2-3 pt FGs), Jacob Jahraus 5 ( 2 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Jason Hooks 4 (2 FGs), Cody Drone 3 (FG, 1/2 FTs), Colin Miller 2 (FG). Team FGs 24. 3-Pointers: 7 (Duckwitz 3, Heiden 2, Ledbettre 2). Team FTs 7-of-12.