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Lions fall in semifinals
SoVaNow.com / February 04, 2013The HCMS boys’ basketball team saw its season end with a disappointing 43-42 loss in the Southside Middle School conference semifinals to Central Friday night.
Central seized the decisive momentum with a 16-7 fourth quarter run. Thaty turned the momentum in Central’s favor, after HCMS led 33-27 heading into the final period.
Halifax and Central battled down to the wire, with James Smith Jr. missing a long game winner at the end.
Smith led the Lions with 20 points, including four in the final period. HCMS had just one field goal in the final period, as the game got away from HCMS.
“We had control all night...started out in full court man, but never really got anything going with that as they handled our pressure easily, so we fell back into pack line man in the half court,” said Lion coach W.J. Long.
“(HCMS)Played it well for the most part. (Central was) bigger than us, but we managed to score in the half court and get out to a decent lead by the half. We scored right at the start of the third to get a 14 point lead.
“Slowly but surely Central managed to creep back into the game. They hit a few three’s and we turned the ball over and all of a sudden we got ice cold from the field.
“Couple that missing two front end of one and one’s and we found ourselves in a super tight ball game.
“We had an inbounds play under our own basket with five seconds left in the game, up by one point, and lost - turned it over on the inbounds. Then in the scramble for the ball, (we) fouled their guy with 3 seconds left,” Long said.
The Lions “put him on the line, he hit both foul shots, (Central) went up by 1.
“We got James on a screen to get a 30 footer to win, but it was off the mark, and was game over,” said Long.
“The guys played hard, just had a bunch of mistakes all at the wrong time, in crucial moments. Still a successful season, the guys have nothing to be ashamed of. And congrats to Central, they never gave up,” said Long.
Jakye Dabbs had ten for HCMS.
Earlier, the Lions enjoyed a dominating win over Lunenburg in first round tournament action, after a sluggish first half.
The Lions prevailed, 53-27. However, Lunenburg only trailed by five, 18-13, at halftime.
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