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Lions pick up top seed for upcoming district tournament

SoVaNow.com / February 09, 2017
The Halifax County Middle School boys basketball team has secured the top seed in the Piedmont Junior District heading into tournament play.

Halifax defeated Bonner Monday in Danville, 37-23. The Lions won the regular season title. Halifax had one game remaining, with the eighth graders receiving special recognition last night.

Halifax erupted out of the gate on an 10-0 run in the first period. The Lions led 18-2 at halftime and 26-11 coming into the final period.

“They (Bonner) had two losses, same as us, so this was for first place in the conference. We played really nasty half court man (defense), kept them from penetrating and held them to just two points in the first half. The guys really put the screws to them defensively,” said coach W.J. Long.

He said it was the best half of hoops this year, with excellent help side defense.

Halifax got a bit sloppy in the second half. But the Lions still played respectable basketball and held on to a substantial lead. Long also got all his players into the contest.

Kevon Ferrell led the Lions with 11 points. Tucker Harris, Osiris Ross and D.J. Jennings scored six points apiece.

“They played zone all night until we forced them to pull out in the fourth and go man. We put DJ and Kevon on the foul line on offense and they both did a nice job of catching, turning, and drawing the defense, then dishing off to a cutter. We had limited turnovers in the first half as well. “Limiting turnovers is the key for our success. Hopefully we can ride this performance into the tournament,” said Long.

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