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Comets crack zone, down Martinsville 73-51

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Keshawn Wells goes to the basket in the first quarter of HCHS’s varsity boys basketball game against Martinsville. / January 06, 2020

Halifax County High School varsity boys basketball cracked the code against the Martinsville zone defense, and the Comets turned a strong early start into a dominating 73-51 Piedmont District win over Martinsville here Friday night.

Kameron Roberts drilled two key back-to-back triples in the final period and finished with 23 points. Jaden Waller also found success from beyond the arc and had 17. Zack Carter had some bruising, effective moments in the paint and finished with 11 points. D.J. Jennings added 10.

The Comets never ran into major issues and controlled the game throughout the night. Martinsville got 22 points from Trey Brandon, but never really threatened.

The Comets improved to 8-0.

Halifax had 15 turnovers and a bit of a lethargic third period, but regained command with a solid run in the final period - outscoring the Bulldogs 20-10 to coast to the win.

Waller slammed home a dunk with 55 ticks left, giving Halifax a 71-49 advantage.

Halifax started well and controlled the pace from the start. Halifax bolted to a 13-4 start in the first period, forcing Bulldogs coach Jeff Adkins to call timeout. But Waller drained a triple moments later and the Comets held an 18-4 advantage with 3:23 left.

Martinsville rallied a bit in the second period and trailed 36-25. The Comets led 53-41 at the end of three, but Roberts canned two straight threes from the wing to start the final period.

With 7:05 left, Halifax held a 59-41 lead.

The Comets finished five for 14 from beyond the arc and had respectable free throw shooting (10-for-15).

Roberts had a terrific effort, helping to lead the Comets with six points in the first period. Roberts finished with nine in the final stanza. Despite the win, Comet coach Sterling Williams is still pushing for more improvement.

“We’re just trying to get better on a daily basis. I know our record says we’re undefeated, but we’ve still got some room to improve.”

Halifax had a strong final period with good shooting and effective ball movement. And Halifax had a better defense in the final period.

Halifax, using man-to-man defense, is seeking to cut down on opponents’ ability to drive the lanes.

Williams is not worried about playoff seeding, but the Comets are seeking to better on a daily basis. Halifax also had a solid start and showed good movement , with intelligent team shooting.

Halifax hosts Tunstall Tuesday.

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