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2004-2005 Parchment Varsity Basketball Game #9 versus Kalamazoo Christian

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Comets shoot past Parchment in KVA

Saturday, January 15, 2005

By Alan Gerould

Kalamazoo Christian demonstrated why it's ranked No. 6 in Class C as it stormed out to a 40-14 halftime lead over Kalamazoo Valley Association co-leader Parchment and cruised to a 71-43 win Friday in front of a packed-house crowd.

The Comets meshed five of their first six shots and held Parchment scoreless for the first 4:31 of the first quarter to take a commanding 12-0 lead and continued the onslaught in the first half.

Parchment, which was without 6-5 center Austin Patton and got limited play from starter Matt Chappell, who was ill, couldn't match the defensive intensity and depth of a Christian team that used 10 players in the first quarter alone. "I was pleased with our energy and execution in the first half," said Comets coach Jerry Mastenbrook, whose team improves to 8-1 overall and 4-0 in the KVA.

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"The kids played very unselfishly and made good decisions with the basketball." Parchment (6-3, 3-1 KVA) has now lost its last three games after starting 6-0. The Panthers managed only 4-of-16 shooting in the first half and committed 10 turnovers as it had difficulty solving the Comets' defensive schemes.

"We knew that this would be a tough stretch," said Parchment coach Larry Bailey, referring to the last three games on the road against Vicksburg, Comstock and Christian. "This experience will help us to get better for the rest of the season." Eleven players scored for K-Christian's balanced attack. Junior Ryan Zwier, who missed Tuesday's game against Grandville Calvin Christian because he was sick, led the Comets with a healthy 19 points.

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Parchment was led by senior Ben Holdridge, who pumped in 19 points, including five baskets from behind the arc. Junior guard Alex Wolf, who entered the game as the KVA's leading scorer, was held to 11 points on 3-of-15 shooting from the floor. The taller Comets held a decisive advantage on the backboards as they outrebounded Parchment by a 31-16 margin, led by senior center Eric Jacobsma's eight boards.

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Individual Statistics

Player Pts
#13     2
#15     11
#21     19*****
#23     5* 
#43     4
#45     2
* = 3-pointer

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Coach T comments: Three losses in a row. Not much else to say. Hats of to Christian who is heads above Parchment and the rest of the KVA. As a lover of basketball it was fun to watch the basketball clinic KC put on. As a dad of a P-town Panther it was excruciatingly painful to watch. Not having a "full" squad show up for the biggest game of the year will definitely leave a permanent scar on what started out to be a promising season. My hat goes off to MC though for giving it his best effort when you knew he felt horrible. Heck, I give MC player of the month if for no other reason then that he sat through school all day even though you know he felt sick as a dog, just so he could try to help his TEAM in the biggest game of their season. Way to go MC! Win or loose you get my "game ball".

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