Gobles races past Cards to meet Comets in final

Gala Rock, galarock@yahoo.com
Gobles’ Peyton Austin (14) and Adam Fifer (22) try to stop the Kalamazoo Christian shooter in the championship game of Districts. The Tigers came up just short, losing 37-34. Tigers Rock Photography/Gala Rock

   The Gobles Tigers played Bloomingdale in the semi-finals of District Tournament action last week.  The Tigers had played the Cardinals twice in the regular season, winning both games, and were looking for another win to move to the District finals.    
   Gobles raced out to a 34-19 advantage at half time. In what looked like a runaway for the Tigers, Bloomingdale stormed back and with 4:55 remaining in the game, the Cardinals had  moved to within three points of the Tigers. 
   With the momentum on the Cardinals’ side, Gobles’ Chase Miles came down and hit a big three, followed up by a Peyton Austin three that brought life back into the Tigers. Gobles went on to win the game 62-52 to advance to the Finals.
   On Friday night, the Tigers played Kalamazoo Christian for the District title. Gobles struggled with the Comets’ pressure and found themselves down 10-5 after the first quarter. The Tigers’ Adam Fifer came off the bench and added a spark, scoring six points as Gobles went into the locker room trailing 19-14. 
   In the second half, the Tigers battled it out with the Comets and took the lead with 4:01 remaining in the game to go up 33-32. Kalamazoo Christian made a basket and then went into a delay and ran the clock down, forcing the Gobles players to foul. 
   The Tigers had opportunities to score late in the game, but came up short, losing 37-34 to end their season. 
   “The Comets were stout on the defensive glass in the second half,” said Gobles Coach Marc Kline.  “One-shot trips make it difficult to score points. Points were a premium Friday night.
   “This was a special year and I can hardly remember a team with better chemistry. They are brothers. I will miss the seniors: Tyler, Clay, Chase, Adam, Austin, Damien and Erick.” 
   The Tigers finish the season 16-7.

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