Comets top LASW but drop 3rd-place game 67-64 after leading most of way

Jacob Camargo's eighth 3-pointer pulled Comets to within 65-64 late. (Hugh Cox Photo)
Jacob Camargo's eighth 3-pointer pulled Comets to within 65-64 late. (Hugh Cox Photo)

EL CAJON (11-30-2018) / (UPDATED 12-02-2018) – Marek Sullivan led Palomar to a 66-62 victory over Los Angeles Southwest in the first of two games the Comets played Sunday in the 47th Grossmont College Tournament.

But Palomar, after leading most of the way and fatigued from playing two games in the same day, the first one at 1 p.m. and the second at 5 p.m., dropped the tournament's third-place game to Moorpark 67-64.

The Comets' other big problem was that they continued to struggle throughout the weekend with the consistent problem they have had to deal with all season long, turnovers. In three games at Grossmont they turned the ball over 78 times -- 24 times in Saturday's game vs. Cerritos, 26 times in Sunday's first game vs. L.A. Southwest and 28 times in the third-place game later Sunday against Moorpark.

Sunday's First Game: Palomar 66, L.A. Southwest 62

Sullivan (Torrey Pines High School, Cal Poly SLO) dominated for the second time during the weekend with 19 points against the Cougars (on 7-for-9 shooting, 1-for-2 from behind the 3-point arc, and 4-for-5 from the free throw stripe), 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals.

Also scoring in double figures for the Comets were Michael Chatman (El Camino High, 13 points, 14 rebounds including 5 on the offensive board, 4 steals and a blocked shot) and Jacob Camargo (Oceanside High, 10 points, 2 steals and an assist).

Green finished with 9 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals, and Anthony Routh (Murrieta Mesa High) contributed 8 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Hunter Petty (Murrieta Mesa) added 7 points.

Sunday's Third-Place Game: Moorpark 67, Palomar 64

The Raiders had to overcome Camargo's strong 3-point shooting performance  in their comeback victory. Camargo went 8-for-16, all from behind the 3-point arc, and also contributed 3 rebounds, an assist and a steal.

Sullivan (13 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals) and Anthony Green (11 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals) also turned in strong performances for the Comets. Chatman contributed 10 rebounds before fouling out, Jacob Durham (Murrieta Valley High) had 7 rebounds, and Routh passed off for 5 assists.

On Saturday, coach John O'Neill's Comets had led state No. 8-ranked Cerritos for much of a tournament semifinal game before the Falcons came back to win (see earlier article).

Cerritos and San Diego City College played for the tournament championship Sunday at 7 p.m.