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Boys fall to Bonner Middle School 50-27 Monday

The Halifax County Middle School basketball team lost for the second time this season to Bonner Middle School of Danville, this time at home Monday by a 50-27 score.

James Smith Jr. led the Lions with seven points, and Jacob Garrett had six points, while Will Miller scored four and Jarvis Owens, Nick Jones, Kavon Fitzgerald and Andrew Walker added two points apiece.

One Bonner Bronco finished with 16 points, and two others had nine and eight points.

Halifax County controlled the tempo for much of the first half, but Bonner ultimately took control of the game after intermission.

The game was tied 10-10 after one quarter, and Bonner held a 19-15 halftime lead before pulling away in the second half, outscoring the Lions 17-6 in the third quarter and 15-6 in the final period.

Halifax went to the free throw line seven times in the game, connecting on four chances, while Bonner was 8-13 at the charity stripe.

“Bonner was bigger and more athletic across the board than us,” admitted Lions Head Coach W.J. Long.

“We played well for about the first 10 minutes of the game and had a small lead, but it went downhill after that, especially in the second half.

“It seemed we could not do anything right.  We shot poorly from the field and gave them way to many second chance baskets.  They killed us on the boards.”

Smith’s three-pointer gave the Lions their first lead of the game at 9-7 late in the first quarter, and Halifax held a 15-10 lead early in the second period on Garrett’s three-point play and a basket after a steal by Smith.

Bonner responded with a 9-0 run to close out the half, and the Broncos continued to pull away after halftime, with the Lions only getting as close as 26-19 in the third quarter.

Halifax did not play fundamental basketball in the second half and failed to contain Bonner, according to Long.

We didn’t put a body on their players, didn’t help well on defense, didn’t stay in the passing lanes on defense, and we passed up several chances to take charges,” Long said.

“It was very disappointing.  I know exactly what our players are capable of, and tonight was not it.

“However, we will work to get them playing their best for the remainder of the season and the tournament.”