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Comets stumble into tournament

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Jamal Brandon tries to find an opening between two Bassett players. (David Conner II photo)
SoVaNow.com / December 27, 2017
The Halifax County High School varsity boys basketball team stumbled again heading into Holiday Classic action.

Halifax fell at home to Bassett Friday, 70-63. The Comets could not contain Bassett’s balanced offense, including Wes Brown, who had 19 points. Seven Ziegler added 17. Tommy Turner had 15 and Angel Rivera scored 19 in another strong floor effort.

Halifax got 13 points from Dashon Louden, while J.D. Boyd added eight. Tyree Dunkley scored seven. Jordan Williams, J’Quan Davis and Kendall Dixon had six apiece.

Halifax certainly hung around, as the Comets won the first period, 15-13.

Bassett scored 21 points in a blazing second period, leading to a 34-30 halftime margin.

Bassett stretched the advantage to 48-42 at the end of the third period.

The Bengals got a terrific fourth quarter from Rivera, who scored 13 in the final eight minutes.

Rivera drained four baskets, all from two-point range, and connected on all five of his free throws. Bassett had major success from the foul line, missing four free throws. The Bengals attempted 21.

Brown drained all six free throws, including a four-for-four effort in the final stanza.

Halifax went six of 13 from the foul line.

Bassett outscored the Comets, 22-21, in the final period.

The teams traded baskets in the final period. Halifax got six points from Boyd, two 3s and one of two free throws from Dunkley, and four points from Louden.

Halifax is seeking to build momentum heading into the Classic, but the Comets have struggled since the victory over GW-Danville in South Boston.

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