In the Cowden-Herrick freshman / Sophomore Boys Basketball Tourney on Saturday, Stew-Stras lost to Odin 51-49 but defeated Beecher City, 46-41 to take 11th place.

Travis Ballinger paced the Comets in both games, scoring a two-game total of 49 points; 29 against Odin and 20 versus Beecher City. In the Odin game, Ballinger was on target from long distance, hitting for eight treys making 24 of his 29 points.

Against Odin, the Comets trailed after a big first period burst by the Eagles of 20 points to the Comets eight. Stew-Stras played the Eagles even in the second but trailed 30-18 at the break. The Comets mounted a last half rally, outscoring Odin 13-5 in the third and 18-16 in the fourth. But Odin held onto a two-point lead to nip the rising Comets 51-49.

Stew-Stras vs. Odin

Stew-Stras- 8 10 13 18--49

Odin- 20 10 5 16--51

Scoring:For Stew-Stras- Brian Carlson 9 pts, (3-3’s); Jon Alward (2FG); Kyle Huey (2FG, 2 FT); Justin Mechling (FT); Travis Ballinger 29 pts, (8-3’s, 2 FG, FT).

Beecher City led the Comets in the first period 15-12. Nick Kline was the leading scorer for Beecher with 13 points. But the Comets doubled up the Eagles 12-6 in the second to take a 24-21 lead at half time. The Comets launched a big third period burst of 11 points, topping the Eagles effort of nine. Going into the final period, the Comets held a 38-30 lead.

Beecher fired back in the fourth with 11 points, their second-best effort of the game. But the Comets stayed the course with eight points, holding onto the surplus they built in the first, second and third periods to win 46-41.

Stew-Stras vs. Beecher City

Stew-Stras-12 12 14 8--46

Beecher City-15 5 9 11--41

Scoring:For Stew-Stras- Jon Alward 7 pts, (2 FG, 3 FT); Cory Musson 4 pts, (2 FG); Kyle Huey 8 pts, (2 FG, 2 FT); Jonathan Becker (FG); Justin Mechling 5 pts, (FG, 2 FT); Travis Ballinger 20 pts, (1-3, 7 FG, 3 FT). For Beecher City- Doty 9 pts, (4 FG, FT); Fritcher 7 pts, (1-3, 2 FG); Nick Kline 13 pts, (6 FG, FT); Brandt (2 FG); Harder (3 FG); Kelly (FG).

Stew-Stras goes to 5-11 on the season and took 111th place in the Cowden-Herrick Tourney.

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