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Comets shot down from deep
Albany junior Corbin Kelley drives to the basket during Mondays game against Orfordville Parkview. Kelly finished the game with 19 points. (Times photo: Marissa Weiher)
ALBANY - It didn't matter whether the Albany boys basketball team was playing its signature 2-3 zone or man defense, the Comets had no answers for junior Eli Hoscheit and Parkview Monday night.

Hoscheit scored a game-high 29 points and drilled five 3-pointers to lead Parkview to a 93-66 nonconference win over Albany. The Vikings knocked down 11 three-pointers as a team. When Albany (3-9, 1-4 Six Rivers East) played its 2-3 zone, the Vikings hit them with a barrage of 3-pointers. After switching to man late in the second half, the Comets got beat off the dribble and couldn't keep the Vikings out of the lane as the fouls piled up.

"They do a very good job of moving the ball and passing against the zone," Albany coach Derek Allen said. "They have some really good shooters and they shot us out of the zone. They are also very quick and we went to man and got in foul trouble we switched back to zone. When you give up 93 points it's tough to score 94 points. If you would have told me before the game we would score 66 points, I would have taken it. We just have to play better defense."

Parkview opened the game with an 11-2 run. The Comets battled back from the early hole. Albany senior Josh Shell hit a 3-pointer and junior Jamison Stauffacher converted a three-point play to help the Comets tie the game at 14. The Vikings then went on a 22-10 run ignited by Hoscheit and junior Aydon Campbell who had layups. Hoscheit and junior Jarrett Brown each scored on layups to extend the Vikings' lead to 42-28.

"Every team has their hot streaks shooting," said 6-foot-5 Stauffacher, who posted a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. "We are usually good in the 2-3 (zone). They were just consistent shooting in both halves. They made a fullcourt shot. They were making the shots and that is the way it ended up. For our man defense, we do have to get better. I don't know if it was our speed on defense or what. It's definitely something we have to work on and get better at."

Albany junior Josh Dahl scored a team-high 20 points and Kelley added 19 points. Kelley had three fouls in the first half, but came back into the game late in the first half despite the foul trouble. Kelley hit a 3-pointer to cut the Vikings' lead to 10 points. However, with a miracle shot, Brown banked in a three-quarters court shot to give the Vikings a 50-37 lead at the half.

"We made what I thought was the final 3-pointer of the half and then they hit a shot like that," Allen said.

Despite three first half fouls, Allen trusted Kelley to get back on the court to help the Comets attack the Vikings' press.

"Corbin is one of our best ball handlers and we needed him out there to help against the press," Allen said. "I told him if he needed to back off on defense. He's a smart player."

Albany sliced the deficit to nine points a couple times in the second half on a Shell jumper and Kelley layup. However, that's as close as the Comets would get. Parkview junior Justin Balch hit his second 3-pointer of the second half to spark the Vikings' 20-10 surge.

Balch finished with 15 points for the Vikings. Parkview junior Adrian Meza and Campbell each added 12 points and Brown chipped in 10 points.

The Comets finished the game with 13 turnovers compared to the Vikings, which had 15 turnovers. Both Shell and Dahl picked up their fourth fouls about midway through the second half. Shell added 10 points for the Comets.

"Turnovers and foul trouble are something we have struggled with all season," Allen said.