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Boys outrun Patrick County

SoVaNow.com / February 01, 2018
By Chris Doherty
Martinsville Bulletin
Used with permission

Heading into Tuesday night, Patrick County had just two games remaining in the regular season, and the Cougars hoped to build up momentum heading into next month’s Piedmont District tournament.

A win at home on Senior Night against Halifax County would have been the way to start, but the Comets made the last run of a game full of them to take a 54-46 win.

Patrick County led 35-31 entering the fourth quarter, but the lead changed hands three times in the first four minutes and then tied twice more before a Tyree Dunkley 3-pointer with 1:12 gave the Comets a 47-44 lead that they would not surrender.

“That’s the second game in a row and really the fourth or fifth game we’ve had this year where we just didn’t close out the end of the game,” said Patrick County Head Coach Andrew Terry. “That’s something we’ve got to do a better job at.”

The entire game was a game of runs. Patrick County had the first one, using a 7-2 run to close out the first quarter to lead 12-7. That run continued to start the second quarter, as the Cougars increased the lead to 18-10. Halifax answered with an 8-0 run to tie the game at 20-20 with two minutes left in the first half, but it was Patrick County that led 22-20 at the break after senior Brandon Hubbard hit a layup with just one second on the clock.

Halifax quickly regained the lead with a 4-0 run to start the third quarter and the Cougars immediately responded with a DeAndre Reynolds 3-pointer and a Hubbard layup to jump ahead 27-24. Another 6-0 Halifax run put the Cougars behind 30-27, but again the Cougars had the answer.

Reynolds converted an old-fashion 3-point play, LaComa hit a layup and senior Hunter Lawless also scored three the old fashioned way to give the Cougars a 35-31 lead.

“When they hit a shot, they’d make a run, we’d answer back,” Terry said. “Even their starting the third quarter they went up a couple…and DeAndre hits a 3 and we kept doing that. Then when it got to the fourth quarter they got over the hump and we didn’t have an answer.”



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