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Comets hold off Park View for the win

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Tyree Dunkley makes the tough pass to Kevon Ferrell in Monday’s HCHS varsity boys basketball game against Park View.
SoVaNow.com / February 07, 2019


The Halifax County High School varsity boys’ basketball team, now 17-4, are headed to Martinsville Friday for the first half of a Piedmont District tournament semifinal round.

The Comets withstood a tough Park View rally in the final period and claimed a non-district 77-68 win in the final home appearance of the year.

Halifax went to Patrick County last night for the finale of the regular season.

The Piedmont District semifinals are set for Friday, with the top seed, GW-Danville, hosting the no. 4 seed.

Halifax is the three seed and have a difficult test at second-seeded Martinsville.

The Piedmont District tournament title is set for Tuesday. Halifax has a 6 p.m. start Friday at Martinsville.

The Piedmont District tournament has no bearing on the regionals. Comet athletic director Allen Lawter said postseason picture will come into focus by tomorrow.

Halifax had a quality effort Monday and now can boast of a terrific season under Sterling Williams. Michael Spraggins has emerged as a go-to force in the middle, and Halifax has solid supporting players like Tyree Dunkley and Kendall Dixon.

Spraggins led Halifax with 23 points on Monday, followed by Dunkley with 17.

Dixon pierced the Dragons for 13 and Dixon contributed 13. Davon Jennings had nine.

Park View trailed Halifax County 67-51 with 5:45 left in the fourth period, and it seemed that the Comets were headed to a comfortable win.

From there, the Dragons put on a remarkable comeback and made matters tight down the stretch. Halifax eventually pulled out the victory, but the Comets had to work to earn this victory at the end.

Halifax went on a 35-20 run in the third, but the final period saw Halifax lose enough momentum that Williams had to bring his starters back into the game. Halifax did enough to hold off the Dragons, but Park View went on a 17-10 run in the game’s final stretch.

Spraggins delivered a three-point play with 54 seconds left to seal the win.

Park View is 18-5 and gave Halifax a dose of significant competition near the end of the regular season.

Halifax started slowly and only had eight points in the first period. Halifax picked up momentum and put up 16 points in the second quarter.

Then, Halifax followed with one of its best quarters all season, with a blazing 35-point third period.

Six Comets scored in this period and Dunkley had 13 alone in the quarter, with three treys.

Spraggins also dealt for six and Ferrell added six more in the kind of quarter Williams hopes to see more often.





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