The Missouri Comets will be facing the Chicago Riot Sunday for the first time. It was not supposed to be the two teams first meeting but last weekends match was postponed.The Comets were not going to be able get from Baltimore to Chicago in time for the game because of the winter weather across the mid-west.
The Comets were anxious to play after their tough 13-12 loss against the Blast. While the Comets came up short, their was a lot of positives. The Comets led at the end of the first three quarters. A pair of three pointers helped stake the Comets to an 8-4 lead in the first.
The Blast were held to a rare scoreless quarter in the 2nd at home by the Comets improved defensive play in the back. Veterans Nate Houser and Jeff Davis helped keep the team calm and organized throughout the third quarter as well. Both teams scored in the third but the Blast took control in the 4th quarter. Baltimore scored 3 times to take the lead for good. Tiguinho added a late goal (his second) to pull Missouri back within 1 but it was too late to complete the comeback.
Chicago was probably a little relieved to postpone the game last Sunday, it would have been their third game in three days. They were returning home after losses in Omaha and Milwaukee.
Coming off their tremendous effort in Baltimore, the 1-4 Comets hope to get their first home win against the 0-4 Chicago Riot. The game is a good test for Coach Roentved's team. They have been steadily improving and are putting forth better efforts each game and in practice but still need to put a complete game together.
While Chicago is winless, they have put good defensive efforts forward (with the excpetion o fthe Omaha game). They have had trouble scoring though. Not making it over 8 points yet and with only one 3 point goal.
Coach Roentved talks about the loss in Baltimore and the upcoming Chicago game...