Fruitport’s varsity boys basketball team was no match against visiting Comstock Park on Friday evening.
The Panthers especially proved it in the third quarter.
Comstock Park outscored the Trojans by a substantial 28-5 margin the quarter, leading to a 70-42 final.
The loss drops Fruitport to 2-4 this season, while the Panthers improve to 4-2.
The Trojans trailed by a manageable 31-23 score at the half, but their comeback train was derailed in the second half.
The Panthers had an impressive 13 different players score, and were led by Ryan Schall’s 23, and 10 from Drake Baar.
Guard Tyler Fehler had 17 points and seven rebounds to lead the Trojans, while backcourt mate Aaron Veihl added 12 points and four steals.
TROJANS' GIRLS CAN'T OVERCOME TERRIBLE FIRST HALF
Fruitport’s varsity girls basketball team nearly clawed its way back from what head coach Bob German called “the worst first half of the season” on Friday, but the Trojans dug themselves too deep of a hole in their 37-32 non-conference loss to Comstock Park at Fruitport High School.
The Trojans connected on only three field goals, were 1-of-9 from the free throw line and committed 15 turnovers in the forgettable first half, in which they fell behind 18-7.
The Trojans (2-6 overall) trimmed their deficit to 22-15 after three quarters, and 3-pointers by Jessica Erny and Debbie Pekel had the hosts even closer early in the fourth.
But Comstock Park re-grouped and found a winning formula with clutch free throw shooting to clinch the win. The Panthers were 6-of-8 from the foul line, while Fruitport finished a dreadful 4-of-20.
Trojans’ senior forward Francesca Cerniglia paced her team with 13 points and eight rebounds, while Pekel added three points, six rebounds and six assists.
Melanie Bent drained three 3-pointers and led Comstock Park (3-4 overall) with 11 points.