2017-12-14 / Sports

Miller nets 30 as Comets rally past Eagles

By Jay Bushen
Sports Editor


LELAND GUARD Garett Miller launches a shot over Cody Campbell of St. Mary last Thursday in a 64-56 road victory for the Comets. LELAND GUARD Garett Miller launches a shot over Cody Campbell of St. Mary last Thursday in a 64-56 road victory for the Comets. Last season, Leland beat Lake Leelanau St. Mary by 24 and 36.

Last week, Leland trailed Lake Leelanau St. Mary through three quarters.

“St. Mary’s is tough,” Leland coach Jon Kiessel said. “I try to tell these guys: St. Mary’s is always going to fight for every single rebound and play hard. They always have and always will — and that’s what happened.”

It took a serious fourth-quarter swing and a 30-point game from star senior Garett Miller, but the Comets found a way to escape Lake Leelanau last Thursday with a 64-56 win.

First-year St. Mary coach Jim Dybevik said he was pleased with his team’s performance for the most part.

“The gist of it is we gained some respect,” Dybevik said. “I think they were surprised with the intensity we played with and the skills we developed over the summer.

“For 26 of the 32 minutes, we played pretty well, but the credit goes to Leland and their experience. They’ve been there so many times. We’re learning that, and learning very quickly.”

The much-improved effort from St. Mary featured four players in double figures. Zavier McKillip led with 14 points; Shawn Grant had 11 and two players, Avery Kohler and Andrew Tondreau, tallied 10 points apiece.

It wasn’t enough to match the Leelanau County scoring champion, Miller, who poured in 13 points in the fourth quarter alone. Leland (2-1, 0-1 NWC) outscored St. Mary (1-1, 0-0 Cherryland) 25-11 in the final frame.

“Miller just went off,” Dybevik said. “He did some unbelievable things. He’s shooting from NBA range. ... We tried some gimmick defenses trying to keep him from scoring, but he was still able to do that. We just don’t have the experience of playing somebody really tough or denying the ball.”

JJ Popp added nine points for the Comets. Greyson Carlson and Adam Maleski each scored six.

Both teams return to league action tonight as Leland hosts Mesick and St. Mary hosts Grand Traverse Academy.

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