Comets learning from losses in Jamboree

First of all, the Comets were going against a pair of teams with good size in Jefferson City and Helias.

"They're both good defensive teams, and historically they always are," Fatima head coach Ryan Robertson said. "It's just different going against guys like that and the guys we've been going against for a month in practice."

Secondly, the two losses will be good fodder for teaching.

"I was kind of disappointed how we didn't trust in what we do," Robertson said. "We were taking shots we don't take, and after just one or two passes. We're not going to win playing like that."

The Comets started the night with a 41-26 loss to Helias in a game featuring three six-minute periods in Rackers Fieldhouse. The Crusaders jumped out to a 25-8 lead to start the game and the Comets could never recover.

James Rakestraw paced Fatima with seven points, while Will Robertson and Steven Brandt added six apiece.

The Comets then played Jefferson City in the Helias Gym, falling 33-16 in a game made up of two seven-minute periods.

The Jays raced out to a 27-9 lead before the Comets effectively played them even the rest of the way.

"This is so much better than a soap scrimmage, because you don't get any of the real feel that this had," Ryan Robertson said. "This is just like the games."

Will Robertson had 10 of the Comets' 16 points in the game.

"We've got a few guys learning new roles, and some of them have never started before, so it's just going to take time," Ryan Robertson said. "... Plus we're dealing with injuries a little bit, and guys who were in other sports, so it's going to take awhile. So as poorly as we played at times, I was satisfied in certain areas. There's a base there, it may just take awhile."

The Comets begin the season in next week's St. Francis Borgia Thanksgiving Tournament.

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