PTC Boys Basketball Report: League forced to take notice of rising Comets

By Jim Manion | Correspondent Published:

The 2012-13 Portage Trail Conference season is still very young ,but already the Coventry Comets have made a splash by breaking the gate with a 4-0 start. Those four victories match the number of wins accumulated by the Comets all of last season, when they finished 4-17 on the year.

Lynn Wess, in his first year at the helm of the Comets, has quickly started to make believers out of PTC coachesby knocking off a pair of usual contenders like Kent Roosevelt and Crestwood. On Friday, Coventry will travel to Norton in a Summit County clash against the Panthers, who are the defending Metro Division champs and odds-on favorite to repeat, according to many close to the league.

Jim Holmgren has been the most consistent scorer within the Comets' offense, which goes as deep as a nine-man rotation.

Four players scored in double figures when Coventry dumped Roosevelt 67-58 on the Riders' court Tuesday night. "We knew last year that they were an up-and-coming team," said Rough Riders first-year coach Ben Dunlap, following Tuesday's setback. "They had a really good JV team last year, and we told our guys they can play and they came in our gym and proved it."

Coventry currently shares the division lead with Norton and Streetsboro, with all three teams sharing 2-0 division marks. Norton defeated Springfield on Tuesday night, while the Rockets put together a strong finish and dropped the Ravens in Ravenna.

ROCKETS TAKE CONTROL

Streetsboro took control during Tuesday's second half for the win over Ravenna and Rockets coach Nick Marcini credited his team's heart for the victory.

Personally, I think the shooting of Jordan Matusik and the athletic ability of Brandon Gency can take the Rockets a long way.

In my opinion, Matusik is one of the purest shooters in the league, and I think Gency might be the most athletic. He has the potential to average a double-double and when he clears the board, it's a big time rebound. Pulling down 10 to 12 rebounds per game are big numbers. It is much harder to consistently grab those kinds of numbers over scoring that many points.

Keep in mind, the 6-foot-3 Gency ripped off 20 rebounds against Ravenna

BOMBERS ARE IMPRESSIVE

Windham was tagged by every coach in the County Division as the front-runner this season.

At this young stage, they have yet to disappoint and appear to be in midseason form already.

The Bombers' victories have come against some worthy opponents in Ravenna and Newton Falls, while also getting their first division win against Woodridge.

The Bulldogs lost a heartbreaker Tuesday night when Nathan Simyak hit a 3 for Southeast with only two seconds on the clock for a 47-46 Pirates win.

Woodridge, the defending County Division co-champs alongside Southeast, have opened the season 0-4 and dropped a pair of division games to start the season.

Windham and Southeast will not meet on the court until after the first of the year. The Bombers have picked up a holiday game on Dec. 27 when they travel to Berlin Hiland for the First Federal Holiday Classic.

Hiland is the two-time defending Division IV state champion and probably the biggest hurdle Windham has to face at the Canton Regional each year. It will be interesting to see the action over the Christmas break in Amish country.

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