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Michael Spraggins goes up against the Person defense. / December 31, 2017

The Halifax County High School boys varsity basketball team fell to 4-7 after losing the Holiday Classic championship game to the Person County 70-53, Friday night in Halifax.

The Comets had advanced to the championship after defeating Gretna High School in first round tourney action, 77-44 on Thursday. The Comets had been on a winning streak in the Classic, claiming the last four champion titles and hoped to extend that record on Friday.

The Rockets, who came into the championship game at 10-1, quickly dashed those hopes. Comets coach Sterling Williams had said after the Gretna win that his team would need to be able to break down Person’s zone defense to have a chance in the title game.

The inability to of the Comets to do that combined with a Rockets’ up tempo offense held the Comets at bay for most of the game.

The Comets took an early 3-2 lead off of a Kendall Dixon trey, but that would be the only lead that the Comets enjoyed on the night. The Rockets led at the end of the first, 22-13.

In the second quarter MyQuan Williams and Michael Spriggins helped to narrow Persons’ lead to six after putting together a 6-0 run. But the rockets went to halftime up by nine at 37-26.

Person came out in the third and continued to pound the Comets. The Rockets defense was effective, limiting the Comets to a lot of perimeter shots and producing easy fast-break points for themselves.

Williams noted after the loss that his team gave-up multiple fast-break points to Person by just not getting back on defense quickly enough.

The Comets only scored nine-points in the third. Halifax trailed Person, 51-35 going into the final period.

The Rockets closed out the game raising their lead to 23 before taking the 70-53 win.

Williams led the Comets on the night with 13 points. Jordan Williams was the only other Comet to post double digits with 10 points. Dixon and Jamal Brandon hit for six each; Spraggins and Dashon Louden contributed five points apiece.

Persons’ Cameron Brown led all scorers with 23 points.

Person has now won all three of its meetings with the Rockets this season.

Comets Blow Past Gretna 77-44

Halifax won its opening round Classic game over Gretna High School 77-44, Thursday.

Louden led Halifax with 19 points; 11 players posted points on the night for the Comets. The win earned the Comets a spot in the Friday night championship game.

After falling behind early the Comets used a 5-0 run with under a minute remaining in the first quarter to take a 17-12 lead into the second.

Gretna came roaring back in the second and closed the gap to one point.

But the Comets put together a late run of their own and went to halftime leading, 30-25.

The third quarter is where Halifax picked up their pace, using an 11-0 burst to open up the 43-27 lead. Halifax led 52-34 entering the fourth.

The Comets continued to play solid basketball in the fourth delivering the 77-44 victory.

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