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Comets fall short in Holiday Classic title game
SoVaNow.com / December 31, 2012
The Halifax County High School varsity boys’ basketball team came up short in its Holiday Classic event, falling to a talented Park View team in the finals.
Park View, now 11-1, defeated the Comets Friday night in the championship game, 75-62. HCHS, now 6-5, earlier dismissed Bluestone by 20 points, in Thursday’s opening night action.
Halifax’s Dakota Delaware had 14 and Trelanne Johnson scored 16 in the losing effort for the Comets. Park View controlled the tempo and led 40-19 at the half.
The agile Dragons created serious ball security issues for the Comets, forcing 28 turnovers.
“You just can’t win when you do that,” Comet head coach Larry Epperly said.
The Comets made a run in the third, cutting the margin to seven, before a momentum-changing technical foul. The lead grew to 11 after four PV free throws.
“We never recovered from that,” said Epperly.
Park View led, 52-40, at the end of three periods. HCHS has had problems with turnovers all season, and the trend continued in the tournament finals. The 28 HCHS turnovers led to 24 fast break points.
“Its just too much to overcome,” said Epperly.
Halifax has to improve ball security, and the Comets have to do a better job on the boards. HCHS got hurt on the boards, with Park View getting three and four shot possessions.
Now, it gets really tough for HCHS.
The Comets have to play a very strong GW team Wednesday, part of a brutal WVD stretch ahead.
HCHS has GW at home Wednesday, followed by Fleming away on Friday.
GW and PH-Roanoke are both 9-0. FCHS is 11-1, and Fleming, which already has a win over Gar-Field, is 9-3.
The top four teams in the WVD by record are a combined 38-4. The fifth place team in the regular season race does not make the tournament, unless a playoff is needed to settle the fourth seed. The top four teams in the WVD regular season make the tournament.
“The league is just stacked. It’s unbelievable how good the teams are this year,” said Epperly.
The Comets won the tournament semifinal, 65-45
T. Johnson had 15 points and Kevon Tucker added three treys on the way to 11 points.
Keyshawn Johnson added 15.
The Comets led 16-4 at the end of the first period and owned a 26-15 advantage at the half.
At the end of the third period, HCHS led 39-28.
Halifax had a more efficient, crisp performance in its first game against the visitors from Mecklenburg County.
“We made some shots. We shot the ball pretty well, didn’t play real great, you could tell we’d been off four days.
“We played well enough to get the win,” said Epperly.
HCHS did some things well, getting the ball out in transition, and producing some easy baskets.
“It was a good win,” said Epperly.
HCHS limited Bluestone to 45 points, a positive sign.
As for individual efforts, T. Johnson and K. Johnson both had 15, part of solid balanced scoring.
Halifax went on a decisive third quarter run, with steals and defensive rebounds. The Comets put the game away in the third. T. Johnson was able to get out front, and HCHS got him some high percentage scoring opportunities.
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