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J’Quan Davis (32) and Mike Spraggins (11) both get a hand on the basketball in GW-HC action. (David Conner II photo) / December 18, 2017
Halifax County High School varsity boys’ basketball is showing considerable improvement, after a remarkable 55-54 win over archrival GW-Danville Friday night at home.

Halifax could not follow through at Person, but the Piedmont District win over the Eagles sends a message about the competitive nature of this Comet squad.

Forward Mike Spraggins sank the game-winning shot, with 13.1 seconds left. GW’s Samuel Branch misfired on the potential clincher for GW, and then the Comets celebrated after the final horn.

Halifax got a break early when GW dunked during the pre-game warmups. That gave Halifax a technical foul and an early edge in a game that proved to be extremely competitive.

Halifax had balanced scoring in the victory. Terrell Carden led the way with 13 points and Spraggins had 12. Dashon Louden scored seven and Kendall Dixon had six.

MyQuan Williams added five.

Halifax finished 3-for-14 from three-point range and had 13 turnovers. Halifax went 12-for-18 from the free throw line.

GW had 12 turnovers, went four-for-17 from the bonusphere and sank 14-of-22 free throws.

Halifax led 41-40 at the end of the third period, and the teams battled to the wire in the final period.

Halifax got a key basket on a breakaway layup by Jamal Brandon for a 53-50 lead with 1:23 remaining. But the Eagles proved to be resilient and hung around, until Spraggins delivered the game-winner inside.

GW was held off the scoreboard in a frantic final possession.

This is first Piedmont District win of the season for the Comets.

The Comets got key 3-point shooting from Carden in the final period.

Comet coach Sterling Williams called the win “real big for our kids.”

Spraggins called the winning shot “crazy. It just happened. It was the best feeling of my life. We hadn’t beaten GW in a while and I feel real good about my team. I couldn’t have done it without my team and my coaches.”

Carden struggled with his shot in the first half, but he kept faith in his offensive ability. “I came out in the second half and believed in my shot.

“I shot the ball and it went down. I just thank God for it,” said Carden.

“Every possession we valued the basketball and took care of it,” said Williams. “They played with a lot of energy on defense. They played smart, kept the guys out of the lane, they helped, they rotated.

“It was everything we knew these guys could do. It was just a matter of them putting it all together,” said Williams.

HCHS has two more Piedmont district tests this week. HCHS travels to Franklin County tomorrow night, and then the Comets host Bassett before the Christmas break.

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