In a Friday night, non-conference matchup with East Newton last week, the Marionville Comets were their own worst enemy, as they couldn't overcome the damage of an abundance of turnovers. The Patriots dealt the Comets a 67-59 loss, giving Marionville a 7-6 record on the season.
Marionville fell behind early, trailing 6-0 before a pair of free throws by Josh Goodman put the home team on the board two minutes into the contest. A three by Gavin Stanton gave the Comets a 7-6 lead a minute and a half later, but it would be a brief lead, as the Patriots would score soon after.
The teams traded the lead for the rest of the first quarter, but East Newton eventually took over, leading 18-15 after a period and 39-25 at the half. Unfortunately for the Comets, too many of East Newton's first half points came after Marionville turnovers.
While the Comets were able to take care of the ball a bit better in the third quarter, the East Newton lead continued to hold. Despite an impressive individual scoring run by Goodman late in the quarter, the Patriots led 49-43 headed into the final period.
The Comets scored first in the fourth to make it a four-point game, but they would get no closer to turning the game around, as the Patriots built the lead to as much as 10 before finally winning 67-59.
Goodman's 29 points led the Comets, while Stanton joined him in double-digit points with 16. Laythen Utke added six points, while Kale Bateman, Evan Dotson, Wesley Breedlove and Chris Mayberry each finished with two.
The Comets will play on the road at Pleasant Hope on Friday before competing in the Spokane Invitational next week.