With the Halifax boy’s basketball team sweeping Patrick County and Magna Vista earlier in the week, the Comets have earned the number one seed in the upcoming district and regional tournaments.
Halifax receives a first round bye in the first round of both tournaments, and will play the winner of Magna Vista and Tunstall who play on Friday night in the Piedmont District Tournament.
The Comets fist post-season game will be on Monday night.
Halifax finished the season with an overall record of 18-3, and a 10-2 record in Piedmont District play.
On Monday night, Halifax traveled to Patrick County and came away with a 59-26 victory. The scoring was spread out amongst the Comet players, with every player getting time on the court. Davon Jennings led the way with 12 points. Jaden Waller scored 8 points; Kameron Roberts and Kevon Ferrell added 7 points each. Zach Carter and Isaiah Hubbard had 4 points, Drew Russell had 3, and Amos Jones, William Davis Jalen Lawson, Keshawn Wells and Jhamad Lawson each had 2 points.
“It was a good team win, everyone got to play and we got a lot of players in the scorebook,” Halifax head coach Sterling Williams said.
On Tuesday night the Comets hit the road again, this time to Magna Vista to take on the Warriors in the regular season finale for Halifax. The Comets came away with the 67-61 win that would secure them the top spot in the district and regional tournament.
Jhamad Lawson scored a team high 17 points for Halifax in the win. Kameron Roberts had 13; Kevon Ferrell 12, Keshawn Wells 9, Jaden Waller 8 and Zach Carter and Davon Jennings added 4 points each for the Comets.
Halifax led by six at halftime, and would end up with the same margin of victory. Coach Williams knew this was going to be a test for his young team. “Magna Vista has really good guards that can put it down on the floor, it’s a lot of what we will see in the district and region. They gave us good preparation for what we are about to see in the next few games,” Williams said. “They (Magna Vista) were a really good test for us to finish out the season,” he added.
With the regular season now complete, the focus for Coach Williams, his staff and players turns to the post season. After a historic run to the state quarterfinals last season, the Comets are hoping to duplicate that success this year. One issue that plagued Halifax towards the end of the regular season was players that were either injured of sick. Speaking with Coach Williams, he is excited that as the post season ramps up, his team is finally healthy. “Everybody is back healthy and hopefully we can put together a nice little run like last year,” Williams said.
Williams also knows that it will take focus and discipline for his young team to keep winning. “We just try to keep them focused on one game at a time and to focus on the game at hand and get ready for Monday and let the chips fall where they may,” he said.
On earning the bye in the first round of the regional tournament, Williams said, “It gives us a chance to scout some teams and get a scouting report ready for the teams that we will play in the region.”
With earning the top seed in both tournaments, this guarantees that the Comets will play every game in both tournaments at home. Coach Williams spoke about this and the importance it plays in the post season.
“It’s big, especially the region. It really is an accomplishment, and to be the first seed two years in a row, especially after losing so much from last years team to come back and do it with this talented young group.” Williams said. “It’s definitely a challenge too, knowing that everyone coming in here is trying to knock you off,” he added.
“We would much rather be playing at home, we don’t have to make any long road trips and you get your fans in your building, and it is comfortable as a team. You do not have to worry about any outside things that could affect the mental focus for the games. It helped us last year, and I know it will be beneficial this year and hopefully we will have a big turnout.” Williams said in closing.
Last year the Halifax County boys basketball team made a run to the state tournament, this year there is a new cast of players that have stepped up to replace those that left, but the goal is the same as it always has been; to win.