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Coleman Starts Fast, Arnold Reaches Points Milestone

February 17, 2020

Coleman senior Connor knocks down a basket to surpass the 1000 career point mark.
Connor Arnold (with ball) poses with teammates and coaches to celebrate his 1000 career points, which he surpassed Wednesday at home against Montabella.

by Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

A fast start proved to be enough cushion for the Coleman boys basketball team to get a win over visiting Montabella Wednesday night. The Comets led the Mid-State Activities Conference game by 11 points after the opening quarter and finished up with a 63-56 win in a contest that was highlighted by senior Connor Arnold surpassing 1000 career points.

“It was a real emotional night as Connor scored his 1000th career point in the 3rd quarter,” head coach Clark Swerdan said. “We jumped out on them, but they answer every run we made and we could never quite blow the game wide open. They cut the game to five late in the fourth, but we held on.”

The Comets sprinted to a 15-2 early lead and led 17-6 after the first quarter and 32-21 at the half. Coleman’s lead dwindled to 45-37 entering the fourth but had enough to hang on to the victory.

This was another hard-fought win,” Swerdan said of what was the team’s fifth straight win. “Montabella just wouldn’t go away and played until the final whistle.”

Arnold’s big night ended with him scoring 28 points while adding five rebounds, two assists and two steals, Dominic Beauchamp had 15 points, four rebounds, four steals, three assists and two blocks, Kam DeVrieze added 13 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and two assists and Tyler Germain had three points and six assists.

“Connor had a great night and Dom was all over the place as usual and scored eight points in the fourth,” Swerdan said. “Kam has some big timely buckets in the second half too, he scored seven points in the second half, all stopping runs by Montabella. Ty was a great leader and led the way with six assists.”

On Friday the Comets won a road MSAC game at Ashley, 83-57.

Arnold, who scored a career high 39 points in the game, broke Jarid Walton’s (2015 graduate) career scoring record of 950 points in the second quarter.

“Great overall team effort,” Swerdan said. “Connor broke the unofficial school scoring record in the second quarter on a free throw and he almost broke the unofficial single game scoring record (Bob Lubs 40 in 1956). It has been a real honor coaching Connor, he is a great kid and the hardest worker I have been around.”

The Bears, who only had six players dressed, actually led the game 14-10 after the first quarter but Coleman was able to get the upper-hand by the half, claiming a 33-25 lead. The Comets also outscored the Bears 29-15 in the third and 21-17 in the fourth.

“We were sluggish in the first half,” Arnold said. “We had a lot of good looks, but they weren’t falling. We were up eight at the half…I told the guys that I knew we would blow the game wide open in the second half and we did just that. Ashley played us tough and didn’t quit until the final whistle.”

To go along with his 39 points, Arnold also had nine rebounds, seven assists and two steals, Cash Goethals had 14 points, six rebounds and two blocks, DeVrieze was good for seven points, six rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals, Spencer Brownlee had six points, Garrett Owens had four points and three blocks and Germain added three points and six assists.

“All 10 of our players scored, the first time all year,” Swerdan said. “The guys were very unselfish too, as we had a season high 20 assists.”

coleman (8-5 overall, 7-3 msac) heads to mt. pleasant sacred heart today (friday), plays at gladwin on wednesday and hosts merrill on friday, feb. 21.

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