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Let it begin: Comets aim for fast start to new season

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Members of the HCHS varsity boys basketball team are, from left, first row, Jamal Brandon, Breshaam Truesdale-El, John Wells and MyQuan Williams. Second row, Darius Robertson, Kendall Dixon, Tyree Dunkley, Otis Slayton and Terrell Carden. Third row, coach Sterling Williams, Manager Tyree Brooks, Michael Spraggins, David Medley, Dashon Loudon, J’Quan Davis, Jordan Williams and assistant coach John Lantor. / November 27, 2017
Halifax County High School boys varsity basketball returns tonight, and the Comets hope to use two of the first three games at home to get a fast start on the campaign.

Head coach Sterling Williams and the Comets play Prince Edward at home tonight, followed by an away game against Park View Wednesday. The Comets welcome border rival Person County Friday.

Williams said the Comets are making good progress defensively, with some issues on offense to address.

Williams is working on getting his players to make the proper cuts and reads on the offensive possessions.

Defensively, the Comets hope to make their mark in stopping or at least slowing the opposition. Williams is trying to make effective team defense the hallmark of this team.

Williams will stress man-to-man defense, and an up tempo offensive attack.

Williams is a bit short on returning experience, and hopes some of the players moving up from the jayvee level can contribute.

Halifax has no returning starters from last season.

The squad will depend on seven seniors, six of whom return from last year.

This year’s Comet seniors areTerrell Carden, Jamal Brandon, Jordan Williams, Darius Robertson, David Medley, Dashon Loudon and J’Quan Davis.

Williams is not promising minutes to anyone, noting that will depend on who translates good practice work into game productivity.

Williams is also looking for good cohesion, noting the seniors might not get the bulk of the playing time.

At this point, MyQuan Williams will see action at a guard spot, running the point.

The other guard expected to start is Jordan Williams, who has as much experience as anyone.

The head coach is looking for J. Williams to provide a major spark for the Comets.

The three spot features Tyree Dunkley, who brings real hustle on both ends of the court. Michael Spraggins, who is long and athletic and can shoot the ball, will also contribute here.

Williams needs Spraggins to be more athletic on the defensive side of the ball.

At the power forward, or four spot, Halifax will rely on J’Quan Davis, likely the most experienced Comet behind J. Williams.

Davis improved a lot last season, going from not playing meaningful minutes to contributing down the stretch.

Davis is the most experienced ‘big’ Halifax has.

David Medley will see action in the low post.

Williams will look for leadership from Davis and Medley, along with contributions from Kendall Dixon.

Dixon is an athletic wing, with a streaky shooting ability, and has shown the ability to work effectively on the defensive end.

Williams will also turn to Dashon Loudon to provide solid rebounding in the post, with a nose for the basketball.

He can attack the basket, with good quickness.

Jamal Brandon is coming over from football, along with J.D. Boyd. Both bring toughness to the club, and the coach is looking for versatility from these athletes.

They’re expected to help anchor the point guard spot.

Williams’ goal for the season is to see his club get better practice-by-practice, game-by-game.

Halifax has a demanding early schedule, but Williams believes the Comets have a chance to make a run at the postseason.

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