Lawton fades against K-Christian

By: 
Matthew Day • couriersports@vineyardpress.biz
Lawton senior Nate Brooks breaks for the basket Friday night during the Blue Devils’ meeting with Kalamazoo Christian. An early lead gave the Comets all they needed to walk away with a 59-44 win.   Hot Shotz Photography/MadiDay

   LAWTON - The Lawton boys basketball team, hosting Kalamazoo Christian Friday night before a Hall of Fame crowd, started off the game in great shape, but eventually fell to the Comets, 59-44.
   The Blue Devils matched K-Christian’s scoring and pace initially, coming out of the first quarter down by only one point, 16-15. The “hot hand” for Lawton was Austin Burns, who scored five points, followed by Nate Brooks with four. 
   The Comets took a bit of a lead in the second quarter, outscoring the Devils, 21-14, to go into the half, up 37-29. Fouls plagued the Blue Devils, as they were called for nine in the first half.
   Coach Matt Smith must have given the boys a good halftime pep talk, as the Blue Devils came back to the court in the third quarter and outscored the Comets, 11-9, to shave a couple of points off of the Comet lead. But as the contest wore on, the Blue Devils seemed to lose their game plan and struggled to simply put the ball through the hoop. A three-point shot by Zepplin Nicks and a free throw by Aidan Adams were all they could muster in the final period. 
   Leading Lawton in scoring was Alex Rueff with 17, followed by Nicks with eight, and Adams and Burns with seven apiece.

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