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Third quarter run keys win for Lions boys

James Smith Jr. scored six of his game-high 13 points in the third quarter to key a 17-7 run that helped the Halifax County Middle School basketball team get past Bluestone 43-29 on Monday. Jarvis Owens scored six of his 11 points in the third quarter, as the Lions pulled away from a 16-13 lead at halftime to a 33-22 advantage with a quarter remaining.

Halifax County did enough in the fourth quarter to put Bluestone away, outscoring the Trojans 10-9 but hitting only eight of 23 free throw attempts.

Bluestone stayed close to the Lions before the third-quarter rally by Halifax, trailing only 9-6 after one quarter before Halifax slowly began to pull away, according to Lions’ Head Coach W.J. Long.

The Lions performed well offensively against the Trojans and its trapping defense, he added.

“We played man the entire game, and we did a pretty good job at it,” said Long.

“They played a 1-3-1 half-court trap most of the first half but aside from a couple of turnovers, we did a pretty good job against it.

“Our offense ran pretty well most of the night, and the team hustled.”

Long noted the poor foul shooting as something the Lions need to work on.

“We need to improve in that area to win close games, but it is good to get a win to start the conference schedule.”