Wednesday, January 25, 2012
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- All week long the Missouri Comets' players and coaches had talked about the importance of each game in the remainder of the season. Every game had to be played with an expectation of winning. That attitude and intensity was on full display on Wednesday night as the Comets scored 57 seconds into the game and didn’t let up all night. Three players had hat tricks and Tiguinho had a game-high nine points as the Comets took a 33-12 victory against the Syracuse Silver Knights.
Leo Gibson opened the scoring inside the first minute, intercepting a Syracuse defensive clearance and hitting a rocket from outside the arc for an early 3-0 lead. The Silver Knights’ Daniel Stevens put his side on the board four minutes later to make the score 3-2, but that was the closest the Knights would get all night. Vahid Assadpour, Bato Radoncic, Byron Alvarez and Tiguinho piled in goals to give the Comets an 11-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Comets seemed to pull their foot off the pedal a little in the second quarter, and played a more possession based game. Each team scored twice in the quarter with Geison netting one and Brian Harris netting the other for the Comets. Harris scoring his goal by sneaking behind the Syracuse defense after serving a two minute penalty, but the Silver Knights remained within range through goals by Alex Megson and Andriy Budnyy that made it 15-6 at halftime.
In the second half the Comets came out full throttle once again. Assadpour scored five minutes into the third quarter and Byron Alvarez sandwiched two goals in between two more from league leader Geison. Nelson Santana was able to score for Syracuse, but at the end of the quarter the Comets led 25-8.
The fourth quarter was not much kinder to the Knights. Assadpour finished off his hat trick, joining Geison and Byron Alvarez in that feat for the night. Geison also added his fourth of the night, moving him to a league-high 69 points, before Tiguinho and Brian Harris put in their second goals of the game to cap the victory.
The Comets' offensive outburst was the highest in the league this season by one team and the highest in Comets franchise history (33 points), the highest combined point total in the league this season (45 points), and the largest point differential of the season with the Comets winning by 21 points. This was also the first time in Comets history that the team had three players with three or more goals.
The Comets, currently on a two-game winning streak, hope to continue this momentum on February 10th in the annual Pink Game against the Baltimore Blast. Once again the team will be wearing pink jerseys to be auctioned off immediately following the game, this year benefitting the Ali Kemp Educational Foundation. Kickoff is at 7:35 p.m. CT and tickets can be found online at ticketmaster.com. For more information about the Ali Kemp Educational Foundation visit takedefense.org.
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