The Comets found their range from outside and began clicking in the third. Douglass opened the period with a 3, followed by Jake Kingery and Brayton Jellison hitting from deep. Rattled and clearly uncomfortable with Caston’s physicality, Elliott picked up his fourth foul with three seconds left in the period, and went to the bench. Like the end of the prior two periods, Caston got timely baskets with the clock winding down as Rentschler connected from 3 as time expired and held a 38-32 lead going into the final quarter.
Caston took its largest lead of the game at 11 with 2:19 left, behind a 6-0 run fueled by Jellison, Douglass and Rentschler. Elliott re-entered at the 3:55 mark but never got on track. He finished with just six points in the game. The Cavaliers were led by Krueger with a game-high 24 points, including four 3s.
The Comets were led by Offenberger with 15, followed by Douglass scoring 14.
“We looked at this game as if it were a sectional matchup. Culver is the type of team we will face in the tournament,” Howell said. “We tried to limit Elliott’s touches, and I thought we did an excellent job on him with several different players.”
Howell also commented on his seniors, adding “Nate [Cousins] comes in and works hard everyday and is a real asset to our team. I know I’m always going to get effort from him.”
Said Cousins: “Its been awesome playing with this group this year, especially after not playing last season. Coach Howell cares about his players and is always interacting with us.”
There are only three players in Caston history that have played in more games than Quentin Douglass’ current mark of 87. There are also only three players that have scored more points than his current 1,181. A starter since his freshman year, the senior slasher has won 57 games as a Comet. His journey to capture his first sectional title begins next Friday against the winner of West Central and Tri-County.
“It feels great to win our last home game. I can’t describe the way my teammates played tonight,” he said.