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Comets go on road to open Piedmont tournament

SoVaNow.com / February 08, 2018

The Piedmont District boys basketball tournament starts Friday, and fifth-seeded Halifax County High School travels to fourth seeded Franklin County.

Halifax is guaranteed at last two more games, one on Monday night in the Piedmont tournament, plus one sub-regional contest.

Four games are set for Friday, with the Comets and Eagles tipping off at 7 p.m. in Rocky Mount. The second round resumes Monday. If the Comets win Monday, Halifax would advance to Tuesday’s action, which will feature championship and third place games.

For now, the focus is on Franklin County.

Comet coach Sterling Williams said, “We know what they’re going to bring, we know what they’re going to do, their personnel. We were up on them the two games we played before, and just kind of folded at the end and turned the ball over.

“They’re a disciplined team. We’ve got to play our style, play the way we know how to play, and I think we’ll be fine,” Williams said.

Williams believes this Comet team has improved. The Comets certainly enjoyed Senior Night last Friday with a win over Tunstall.

“We’re much better than we were the beginning of the season or even far away through the season. We understand better our defense, and have a better understanding of what we need to get offensively.

“We’ve just got to execute down the stretch and be able to take care of the ball in meaningful situations,” said Williams.

If the Comets were to win Friday, they would travel to Monday’s game for a meeting with the one seed. If Halifax loses, it’s expected the Comets would host their second round game.

Beyond the Piedmont tournament, Halifax would be involved in an elimination game on Feb. 19 in sub-regional action.

Williams and the Comets will seek redemption in the Piedmont, with the possibility, of course, of winning the tournament crown. Beyond that, Halifax will seek to extend its season in sub-regional action.

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