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Comets tournament ready

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HCHS head boys basketball coach Larry Epperly, whose team is 6-2, is getting the Comets ready for the annual Holiday Classic action.
SoVaNow.com / December 26, 2013
Larry Epperly has directed the current HCHS boys’ varsity basketball team to a quick start heading into Friday’s Holiday Classic action.

The Comets will meet Gretna in the Classic opener Friday. Park View and Person meet in the other game. The tournament consolation and championship games follow on Saturday.

HCHS is 6-2, showing an ability to shoot the 3-pointer, combined with stout defense that’s helped set up multiple opportunities for easy baskets off turnovers forced by a swarming Comet defense.

“We’re happy where we are. We’ve gotten a great effort from our team, with a great attitude and a great spirit,” said Epperly.

“This tournament is a big deal. It’s a big deal for our seniors. None of our seniors have won this tournament. I know it would be a big deal for them to be able to win it,” said Epperly.

Epperly expects to see a Gretna team in the Classic opener that changes defenses, using both man and zone. “We’ve seen that a lot this year. We should match up with them pretty good,” said Epperly.

Gretna does not have overwhelming size, Epperly said.

“We’ve just have to keep doing the things we’re doing, playing hard. We’ve been executing and not turning the ball over as much as we have in the past. All of those things lead to winning basketball games.”

HCHS has three double figure scorers, with Tavion Petty, Keyshawn Johnson and Trelanne Johnson leading the way offensively.

“We’ve got some firepower. We can score some points, and as you saw the other night against Magna Vista, we can score points in bunches,” said Epperly.

“We can make the 3-point shot. On offense, we’ve been real productive so far,” said Epperly.

But there are areas for improvement.

“We’ve got to rebound better. We still go through periods where we don’t rebound as well as we should. We’re still working on guarding the ball, keeping it in front of us,” Epperly said.

Tthis Comet team has fouled opponents too often. “Our opponents have been to the free throw line a lot more than we have,” said Epperly.

HCHS has met Person twice, with close games both times. The teams have split.

Park View also has a competitive team, and the Dragon team won last year’s Classic.

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