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Free throw woes costly to Comets jayvee boys team

Any basketball player or coach will tell you how important it is to make free throws. The Halifax County High School junior varsity boys basketball team learned Wednesday night just how important free throw shooting is. Hitting only seven of 19 attempts from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter, the Comets jayvees came up short in Wednesday night’s season opener against Martinsville High School, falling to the Bulldogs 48-47.

“We’ve got to make our free throws,” Comets Head Coach Nathan Lantor said, noting his team’s 8-22 mark at the free throw line for the game.

“We work on it in practice every day, and we will have to continue to work hard on that.”

The Comets got off to a slow start, but led 12-6 at the end of the first quarter. A three-point bucket from Trelanne Johnson with 2:50 left in the half put the Comets up 22-10, but Martinsville cut the gap to eight points at 26-18 by halftime.

Martinsville trimmed its deficit to six points in the first minute of the second half, but the Comets went on an 8-0 run that included two baskets from Tymeak Brandon to take a 34-20 lead with 4:42 left in the third quarter.

Halifax County led 38-32 at the end of the third quarter, and ran its edge back up to eight points with 4:51 left in the game.

A 7-0 run by the Bulldogs made it a one-point game with 3:34 left. The Comets went the last 3:43 of the game without a field goal, and valiantly attempted to hang onto the lead.

But, a 7-19 effort at the free throw line in the last three minutes of the game coupled with a defensive miscue that allowed Martinsville to hit a game-winning layup with 3.1 seconds to play was too much for the Comets to overcome.

“We came out flat in the second half and didn’t execute our offense,” Lantor noted. “We fell back into some bad habits and didn’t play good help-side defense.”

Despite the loss, Lantor was pleased with the team’s effort.

“I was happy with our hustle,” he remarked.

“I thought the kids gave their all. It just wasn’t meant to be. But, we have 17 more games to play. We’ve just got to continue to work to get better every week.”

Johnson was the only Comets player to reach double figures, canning 13 points in the game. Ricky Tucker followed with eight points, Truman Brown scored seven points and Brandon chipped in six points.

Results

HALIFAX COUNTY

NAME FG FT F TP

Tucker, R. 4 0-1 4 8

Jacobs 1 2-2 0 4

Johnson 4 4-8 3 13

Brandon 3 0-2 1 6

Tucker, K. 0 0-1 0 0

Brown 3 1-4 1 7

Ross 0 1-4 0 1

Lennon 2 0-0 4 4

Edmunds 1 0-0 0 2

Boyd 0 0-0 1 0

Gasperini 0 0-0 0 0

Wilkerson 0 0-0 0 0

Wells 1 0-0 0 2

Totals 19 8-22 14 47

 

MARTINSVILLE

NAME FG FT F TP

Dillard 1 0-2 3 2

Hannah 1 0-1 2 2

Davis 2 0-0 5 2

Clark 2 1-4 2 5

Manns 2 0-0 3 4

Pilson 2 1-2 2 5

Turner 5 7-8 2 17

Price 4 1-2 2 9

Totals 19 10-19 21 48

Three-Point Baskets: Johnson (HC) 1.

 

Halifax County 12 14 12 9-47

Martinsville 6 12 14 16-48