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Halifax rallies to topple Dragons, 45-40

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SoVaNow.com / December 19, 2018
Halifax County High School came to Park View Monday night looking to keep their unbeaten streak alive against a talented Dragon squad. The 5A Comets were successful — barely — as they weathered a storm and put together a dominant fourth period for a come-from-behind, 45-40 win.

Park View got off to a good start when a pre-game technical was called on the Comets for dunking during warm-ups. This is a rule that seems to be enforced somewhat haphazardly, but it was called on Halifax. Josh Boyd shot two free throws, making both, and just like that the Dragons were ahead 2-0.

The first period featured a lot of defense and the teams battled to a 9-9 draw. For the Dragons Demetrius Bugg and TJ House got deuces in the frame and Hunter Sykes added a trey at the 3:20 mark to put Park View up 9-7. On the Comet side, Kevon Ferrell scored four points and Kendall Dixon hit a trey, then Mike Spraggins sunk a deuce to tie it up at the 2:45 mark. With time winding down J. Boyd missed a trey that would have given Park View the lead as the shot rattled in and out.

Defense continued to be the highlight of the show in the second period. The teams traded blocked shots and turnovers and there was very little in the way of scoring. Five of Park View’s seven points in the stanza came at the charity stripe as the Comets put the Dragons into the bonus fairly early in the period. Sophomore guard Josh Boyd put the Dragons in front with a nifty steal and lay-up at the 2:12 mark give Park View a 16-14 lead. Comet Brashaam Truesdale drained a clutch three with 35 seconds remaining and Halifax took a slim one-point lead to the locker room, 17-16.

The offenses picked up in the third period as both teams came out of the locker room looking to exert their will on the other. They both battled hard and the Dragons appeared to have the advantage until about the one-minute mark when the Comet press resulted in two quick turnovers. Both turnovers resulted in spectacular slam dunks by Halifax’s Kendall Dixon. This marked a shift in momentum and the Dragons never seemed to fully recover. With Dixon’s second slammer, the score was knotted up at 29 apiece as the third period came to a close.

The Comets’ height advantage seemed to come into play a bit more in the fourth period and Halifax was able to open a decent lead. The Comets went on a 10-3 run to open the stanza and as it turned out that was the difference in the game. Part of the Comet run included a third dunk by Dixon. This one was a massive tomahawk dunk that fired up the Comet bench. Dixon couldn’t contain his enthusiasm and was called for a technical for taunting.

Park View made a valiant effort and pulled back to within three points with 53 seconds left to play, but they just couldn’t get a trey to drop and ended up losing a tight one, 45-40.

Afterwards Dragon head coach Danny Watkins struck an upbeat note. “If we keep fighting hard and continue to come together as a team we will be okay.

“We’ll get it to come our way eventually,” Watkins said. “We’ll get some wins. Tonight the ball just bounced the other way.”

Comet head coach Sterling Williams expressed pride in his team: “We fought hard for this win, we came into a tough environment and came out with the win.

“I’m proud of the kids,” he concluded.



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