GRAND LEDGE – Grand Ledge senior Zachary Artibee loves the game of basketball. Having played on the varsity team since his freshman year, Artibee has seen some ups and downs including an injury that required surgery.
Last Tuesday in the Comets season opener at Grandville, Artibee put all of that behind him as he rattled in the game winning shot at the buzzer to give he and his teammates a 42-41 win.
“I was really happy for him. He’s a senior and a great kid and he’s all about basketball. He came up with a big big shot in the clutch and that’s what a senior does,” said Comets head coach Scott Lewis.
After trailing for the entire first half, Grand Ledge went ahead midway through the third period and exchanged leads before the game winner bounced around the rim and fell through for the win.
“We didn’t shoot well at all,” Lewis said. “We were 30 percent from the floor on two point shots, 18 percent on three point shooting and 51 percent from the line but the guys still pulled it out with some really hard played defense and I think that speaks volumes for them and about their character.”
The Bulldogs led 9-7 after the first period and 22-14 at the half. After three periods of play the Comets trailed, 33-28.
The Comets also got some quality rebounding from three players on the roster. Junior Nathan Megge pulled down nine rebounds to go along with his 6 points. Senior foreign exchange student Albert Christensson added nine while adding 8 points and junior Waverly transfer Jubraun McKinley ripped down five while scorng 3 points.
“All three of them did a very good job rebounding and a very good job on defense,” Lewis added.
Senior Damonick Hall scored 7 points and senior Tommy Maurer added 2. Megge closed with 11 points including three-three point baskets.
With 18 seconds remaining in the game and the Comets down by a point Lewis took a time out.
“We drew up a play and it broke down a little bit and Zach just pulled up in the paint and let it fly,” Lewis added.
In the end it was as effective as a drawn up play and one that maybe will help the team grow together.