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Comets halt three-game skid, top Tunstall / February 03, 2020

The Halifax County High School varsity boys basketball team got back on the winning side Friday when they defeated Tunstall 65-50 Friday.

The teams played each other closely in the first half. Halifax led by two at the half 25-23.

Halifax was able to continue its offensive pressure in the second half and pick up some points off of breaking down Tunstall’s half-court man-to-man defense to secure the 15 point win.

Comet’s coach Sterling Williams said the Appomattox, George Washington and Martinsville losses were tough. But Friday’s night win over Tunstall was solid.

“After those three games we knew they were going to be three tough games coming in,” Williams said. “We knew Appomattox was going to be good. It was a tough three game week for us. Having the second game with GW and then Martinsville we knew it was going to be a tough three game stretch for us.”

Williams said the bounce back against Tunstall was welcomed and he felt the team much better ball in the second half of the game to get the win.

“I think we played much better in the second half of that game offensively,” Williams continued.

“We were only up two points at halftime 25-23. And then we were able to do what we needed to continue to do defensively and then we were able to get some baskets in the half court against their half court man-to-man.

“We were able to get out in transition a little bit a couple steals. So we played much better in the second half of that game.”

Williams noted that with the region playoffs approaching teams are only looking to get stronger and shore up their region seed opportunities.

“This time of season it’s going to be tough,” Williams said. “So we’re not expecting to beat some of the teams we were beating in the first half of the season. Some teams are just going to be better.

“But we’re just trying to get better each day. I think we improved in practice this week and we’re going to try and continue to win this week and get ready for post season play. [We’re] just trying to finish out the regular season the best we can so it can help us with seeding in the playoffs.

The Comets host Bassett on Tuesday night, travel to Appomattox on Thursday and finish up the week on the road on Friday at Patrick County.

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