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Comets pick up overtime win over Magna Vista

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Michael Spraggins fights through the Magna Vista defense / January 04, 2018

Halifax County High School varsity boys’ basketball clearly has some growth lessons to learn this season.

But the Comets kept their poise and pulled out a difficult 66-63 overtime win against an athletic Magna Vista team Tuesday night at home.

The win washed away the disappointment of a runner-up finish in the Holiday Classic last week, and Sterling Williams’crew proved its resilience down the stretch.

Halifax won the overtime period, 7-4. Both teams relied on free throw shooting. Magna Vista got one 3-point basket and Halifax had one made basket from Mike Spraggins.

The Comets had good scoring balance, with three players in double figures. Spraggins led with 17 points, while Jordan Williams had 15 and Dashon Louden 13. Williams had 11 points and three treys in the first period and then helped seal the win with a key rebound at the end.

Jason Fain had 24 for the Warriors to lead all scorers. Courdae Gravely had 11 and Kali Wells 10.

Magna Vista connected on six of 22 treys, with 14 turnovers. The Warriors finished 14-for-25 at the foul line.

Halifax was six of 18 beyond the arc, with 17 turnovers. Halifax went 18-for-33 at the line.

Both teams had opportunities to win in regulation, which ended in a 59-all deadlock after Jordan Williams missed a late three.

Magna Vist took a 60-59 lead at the 3:36 mark of the OT, but Spraggins tied it with one of two free throws after a Warrior foul. Later, the teams battled for control. Spraggins snared a key offensive rebound and completed a three-point play with 2:09 left, giving Halifax a 63-60 lead.

But the Warriors forced a tie on the Wells’ trey at 63-all.

MyQuan Williams later sank two key free throws at the 34.0 second mark to lift the Comets to a 65-63 lead. Magna Vista missed a subsequent field goal attempt, and J. Williams snared a critical rebound with four seconds left. Williams was fouled, and closed out the game by hitting one of two free throws. MV missed a tie-breaker at the horn.

Williams showed real desire and good court skills in snaring the final rebound.

It’s the kind of gritty, blue-collar basketball leadership the Comets will need in the second half of the season.

“I was trying to find a man to box out. When I saw the ball in the air I just wanted to get after it. I guess I just wanted the ball the most,” he said.

Williams appreciated his senior’s body of work here, noting the guard has athleticism and streaky shooting ability.

“It’s almost like it’s a secret. He’s really streaky shooting the ball. We need him to do the things he did tonight, “ Williams.

“Hopefully, this is the break-out game for this team.”

“We had some chances where we should have put them (Magna Vista High School) away in the first half. But, they are a scrappy team. They have a good player in number 21 (Fain) and he kept them in the game with his shooting in the second and third quarter.

“Our guys hung in there in a time when they could have easily folded,” said Williams.

Halifax got hit with a couple of player technical fouls later in the game, but kept its poise.

Williams is looking for more overall consistency.

“They’ve got to develop that killer instinct where we keep our foot on the gas pedal the whole game.”

Halifax has a tough assignment with a road test against Martinsville Friday.

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