First Posted: 2/22/2012
CLARKS SUMMIT- After a rough start, the Abington Heights Comets turned it on in the second half to secure a 53-22 blowout victory over Valley View High School Feb. 19.
The Comets scored just 12 points in the first half, but exploded for 41 in the second half to advance in the Class AAA play-in tournament.
"We got off to a slow start, but we were able to stick together and pull through at the end," Abington Heights sophomore guard J.C. Show said. "We executed a lot better and made some shots in the second half, which helped."
Valley View effectively ran a stall offense in the first half, which took the Comets out of their game.
"In the first half, we were missing a lot of shots and they were able to hold the ball on us, which made the game a lot shorter," Show said. "We wanted to get more possessions."
The Cougars took an 8-7 lead at the end of the first quarter when Brandon Bednash nailed a half-court shot at the buzzer. Valley View extended its lead to three points before Show hit two free throws and a 3-pointer to give Abington Heights a 12-10 lead in the second quarter. Valley View forward Mike Rotell knocked down two free throws of his own to tie the game at 12 before the end of the half.
The Comets caught fire in the third quarter scoring 22 points. Abington Heights nailed four 3-pointers in the third quarter including three off the hand of Show.
"In the second half, we made a couple shots early so they were not able to hold the ball out on us anymore and they had to try and score," Show said. "Fortunately, we were able to make some plays off of that."
Before the end of the third, Show found Dalton Coldwater under the basketball who fed Jason Bamford for a lay-up to give the Comets a 34-16 lead entering the fourth.
"In the second half we picked up the intensity and played the way we should have been playing in the first half," Abington Heights coach Ken Bianchi said.
The Comets allowed just four points in the third quarter and 10 in the second half, leaving no opportunity for Valley View to crawl back into the game.
"In the second half we played a smaller, faster team and tried to put more pressure on them," Bianchi said. "It seemed to turn the tide in our direction."
Show scored a game-high 16 points while Bamford added 10 for the Comets. Bednash led the Cougars with seven points.
At the time of this paper's publication the Comets were taking on North Pocono.
The team will play again Feb. 24 at a time and location to be announced.