The Halifax County Middle School boys basketball team traveled to Westwood Middle School and defeated them in an impressive comeback fashion with a final score of 42-26.

Montavious Marrero and Darius Hamlett continue to lead the boys to victory with dominant displays on the court.

Marrero scored 17 points and Hamlett scored 11 points while grabbing 13 rebounds in the victory.

The Lions got off to a slow start on offense, but their defense made up for it as the score was knotted up at four apiece after the first quarter with Hamlett scoring all four points for the Lions.

In the second quarter of play the Lions were still unable to get their shots to fall only adding eight more points.

Westwood was able to take the lead in the second scoring 11 points in the quarter and taking a 15-12 lead in halftime.

Going into the third quarter head coach Nelson Baskervill expressed the importance of defense and wanting the game more than the Westwood team.

The shots still weren’t falling for the Lions team as they could only add seven points to their total. However, their defense was still strong only allowing Westwood to score nine points in the third.

With the score at 24-19 and still within reaching distance for the Lions, a decision was made by the players that they would do whatever it takes to get the win.

The Lions offense finally in the fourth quarter found their shooting form opening the fourth quarter by scoring 10 points in 43 seconds fueling a 25-0 run for Halifax. The Lions scored 23 points in the fourth quarter to complete the comeback victory over Westwood who could only muster together two points in the fourth due to the intensity of the Lions’ defense, as the Lions claimed victory over Westwood with a final score of 42-26.

“The boys played a great game finishing strong tonight after getting off to a slow start. We came on strong in the end and pulled away. The boys had to battle the whole game through a very physical and tough Westwood team,” said Baskervill. “The boys were diving on loose balls and doing all the small things that lead to a win. I could not be prouder of the way they fought to get the lead and keep it until the final buzzer.”

The Lions will now prepare for their next game on Tuesday when they take on Bluestone Middle School with tipoff scheduled right after the conclusion of the Lion girls’ game.

Josh Carlton is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jcarlton@gazettevirginian.com. 

Josh Carlton is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jcarlton@gazettevirginian.com.