Lawton comes up just short against physical Coloma

Matthew Day •
Alex Rueff (24) puts up a shot for Lawton, facing strong objections from his Coloma counterpart. Rueff led all scorers Tuesday night with a 19-point effort for the Blue Devils, who fell just short of beating the more physical Comets. Hot Shotz Photography/Madi Day

   LAWTON - The Lawton Blue Devils found themselves locked in an even varsity basketball match-up Tuesday night with the visiting Comets from Coloma, and ended up on the short  side of the 51-48 final score.
   The game started off a good contest, with both sides putting in their best efforts. It continued tight through the first half, which ended in Lawton’s favor, 20-19.
   After the break, the teams came back equally strong for a big third quarter. Against the very physical Comets, the Blue Devils managed to stretch their lead to 38-31 to head into the final period, when Coloma lit up and outscored the home team, 20-10, to eke out the victory.
   By the end of the game, the contest turned into a match-up at the free-throw line for Lawton. Austin Burns’ field goal for two accounted for Lawton’s only points scored on anything other than a free throw in the last eight minutes.
   The Blue Devils maintained great composure against the rougher, more demonstrative Comets. The big man for Lawton was Alex Rueff, who finished with 19 points, including 10 on 10 trips to the free throw line. Jake Rueff followed with eight points; and sophomore Chase Mitchell also had a perfect run at the charity stripe  with 3-for-3.

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