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Comets focus on Xs and Os / November 16, 2017
The Halifax County High School varsity boys basketball team are preparing for the start of a new season.

Their 15-player roster has been finalized.

“We’re definitely seeing progress,” coach Sterling Williams said.

“The good thing is I’ve had these guys since April. We’re able to incorporate the offense more now because the guys already know the drills from our off-season workouts. It’s more about Xs and Os than it is about drills, conditioning and lifting weights.”

The varsity and jayvee squads will stage a Blue-White game Friday in the Comet gym, the jayvees begin at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity squad starts at 7 p.m.

“That will be good for us because it will get the guys in a game situation playing in front of a little bit of a crowd,” Williams said. “It’s something to get them out of the routine practice situation. They’ve been practicing against each other for a while now, and we’re trying to break up the monotony of it.”

Saturday both Comet squads will host a home scrimmage. The jayvees will scrimmage the Cosby High School jayvees at 10 a.m., followed by the varsity against Cosby at 11 a.m. for three quarters. The Cosby and Dan River High School will scrimmage for three quarters, followed by Halifax and Dan River for a final three quarters of play.

The varsity squad features eight juniors and seven seniors with no sophomores or freshmen players.

“It’s not ideal, but that’s what we’ve got to work with,” Williams said. Six players returns from last year’s varsity squad, Jordan Williams, Terrell Carden, J’Quan Davis, David Medley, Jamal Brandon and Darrius Robertson. Moving up from last year’s jayvee squad are, Myquan Williams, Michael Spraggins, J.D. Boyd, Kendall Dixon, Tyree Dunkley, John Wells, Otis Slayton and Breshaam Truesdale. Also making varsity is Dashon Loudon, who did not play last season.

“We’ve still got a lot of work to do in terms of offense.” Williams said, “Defensively, I think we’ll be a little bit better. The guys are really quick, fast and athletic. I think that’s where we’re going to hang our hat on this year.”

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