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Comets fend off Panthers
Times photo: Mark Nesbitt Judas Brandon Bauman goes up for a shot while Albanys Tyler Conley, left, and Boomer Detra try to knock away the ball. Albany won Fridays game, 48-34.
JUDA - Juda boys basketball coach Kyle Krueger didn't count his team out even after the Panthers dug a 16-point hole in the second half Friday night against Albany."I think everyone thought we had a great chance," Krueger said. "We did a nice job of creating a few turnovers and getting some easy baskets. We had some really key and costly turnovers, as well."Juda rallied by turning up the defensive pressure with a press and riding sophomore Joey Jordan, who scored a game-high 22 points. His turnaround jumper in the post, followed by a steal and layup with 5 minutes, 48 seconds left, sliced the Comets' lead to 39-32.But Albany (1-2, 1-0 Six Rivers East) withstood the comeback and beat the Panthers 48-34 for its first win in the Six Rivers East Conference opener for each team.