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Comets battle back to beat Glass, 62-61

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Top, Kevon Ferrell goes to the basket for two of his game-high 23 points in Tuesday’s regional semi-final against E.C. Glass. Middle, Jhamad Lawson bowls over three E.C. Glass players during Tuesday’s regional semi-final. Above, Comet coach Sterling Williams has a chat with Kameron Roberts during a timeout in the second half of the regional semi-final game. (David Conner II photos) / February 27, 2020
The Halifax County High School varsity boys basketball team erased a 13-point third quarter deficit Tuesday night to come back and win the VHSL Region-4D semifinal, 62-61 against EC Glass.

With the victory, the Comet boys advance to the Region Championship and have clinched a berth in the VHSL Class 4 State Tournament.

The Comets won the region last season before falling in the first round of state competition. The Comets will face GW-Danville for the regional championship.

GW topped Jefferson Forest 47-43 Tuesday to advance to the title game. Halifax and GW split during the regular season, each team winning on the other’s court.

Though both Halifax and GW will move on to state competition, Friday’s game is important as the winner will be awarded the one-seed, the loser No. 2.

Tuesday, the visiting Hilltoppers got off to a quick 5-0 run to open the game. Halifax’s junior forward Kevon Ferrell, who led all scorers on the night with 23 points, posted the Comets’ first bucket to get the score at 5-2.

At the 3:06 mark of the first period Halifax would get its first lead of the night at 6-5 off of a basket by Kameron Roberts. Roberts went on to score 19 points in the win.

Glass would put the hammer back down and lead at the end of the first period, 21-14.

The Hilltoppers moved out to a 23-16 lead before Jaden Waller got loose on the baseline, took the assist and went up for a powerful two-hand dunk.

Roberts went on to bury four-of-four at the line and get Halifax back within three points at 25-22. Glass once again responded using a 14-6 run to take a 39-28 lead at halftime.

Ferrell paced the Comets in the first half with 12 points; Roberts added seven. Though the Comets were only down by 11 the team was getting outplayed — a point which Comets coach Sterling Williams addressed at halftime.

“We felt like we just [weren’t] giving the effort that we’d been getting throughout the games in the first half,” Williams said. “We felt like the first half we just kind of lacked effort and execution a little bit. We felt like those guys were getting a bunch of layups and dump offs and those type of things.

“So coming out of halftime we just talked about how we were going to guard it, what we were going to do.”

As the third frame began the Comets came out with more intensity and stepped up their physical game.

After a deuce by Roberts the Comets were down 43-32 and Williams called a timeout with 6:11 remaining. The Comets went on blitz to finish out the frame and with Ferrell getting the basket at the buzzer the Comets were only down three at 47-44.

At the top of the final quarter treys by Ferrell and Roberts and a put-back by Davon Jennings raised the Comets’ lead to 52-49. Glass would claw back to within one point at 58-57.

In the waning moments of the final stanza, Ferrell and Jhamad Lawson would make critical free-throws — Halifax was 13-of-20 on the night at the stripe — and with 1.3 ticks remaining and the ball in their possession, Halifax solidified the 62-61 victory.

Roberts said that halftime was the point where the Comet players refocused and determined to meet their season goals

“Picking up [our] energy, executing our plays, just playing better defense on their offense and we did that and we came out with the win and we played hard,” Roberts stated.

The game was not for the faint of heart as the refs calling the game allowed the kids to play hard basketball. Halifax responded well.

“You know we got some calls there late where we kind of lost our heads a lil bit, but we were able to regain our composure,” Williams noted. “This is playoff basketball. It’s going to be tough but we’ve got to be able to play through contact and play through those fouls and not a foul - you know when they don’t call [them] and I though our guys did it tonight. We’re physical enough to play through that”

Glass coach DJ Best said his team put up a valiant effort but just came up short.

“We just couldn’t get one more play,” Drew said. “At this time of year everybody plays good but this is the difference from playing Friday and getting ready for next season.

“This was a special group. We’re a senior heavy group and I love these guys. They have been a role model to my son, and an inspiration in my life.”

Glass was led by senior Rayvon Graham who scored 16 and played some nice defense.

Williams said the Comets could have folded in the game. He attributed their determination and success to the preseason goals set out by the team and coaching staff.

“We always talk about goals throughout the year, accomplishing goals because having goals throughout life is going to help them be successful,” Williams said. “So we talk about goals and one of our goals was not to make it to the state - it was to win it.”

Game time on Friday is 6 p.m., at HCHS.

Halifax: J. Waller 7, J. Lawson 4, K. Wells 2, K. Roberts 19, K. Ferrell 23, DJ Jennings 7.

Glass: D. Kendrick 13, S. Austin 10, H. Wood 4, R. Graham 16, J. Quinones 2, C. Conner 3, B. Hurt 5, J. Davis 2, J. Brestel 6.

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