- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
Some shows are good enough that you enjoy a second viewing. In a game that closely resembled the one of the previous night the Halifax County High School varsity boys basketball team bounced Morehead High School 75-64 Saturday night in Eden, N.C.
Saturday night’s win gave the Comets a sweep of its pair of opening-weekend games, while Morehead High School fell to 2-3 on the season.
“It’s hard to do what you’re supposed to do,” Comets head coach Lynn Ramage remarked after the win.
“I expected these wins. I knew we could get these two wins. There might be some (wins) that slip away, but the ones that you’re supposed to get, you should get. We were supposed to get these and we did.”
The game took a quick resemblance to Friday’s game against Person High School when the Comets’ offensive spark plug, Deshon Dabbs, went to the sidelines early in the first quarter after having picked up two fouls.
Just as it happened on Friday night when Dabbs was forced to make an early exit due to foul trouble, other Comets players stepped up to take care of the gap.
Trailing 10-4 after the first 4:20 of the game, Kejuan Mayo and Keon Gutrich stepped up to help the Comets cut their deficit to three points at 17-14 at the end of the first quarter.
Then, it was Marcus Williams’ turn.
Williams, who finished his night with a team-high 19 points, three assists and five steals, took over the game in the second quarter, scoring 12 of his points in that eight-minute period. Back-to-back lay-ups by Williams, the first coming off of a steal by Markee Brooks, put the Comets up 20-19 with 6:32 left in the first half.
Morehead regained the lead briefly, but a quick 6-0 spurt that included two baskets from Williams and one from Rob Jackson, who finished his night with 10 points, put the Comets up 26-21 with 4:42 left in the first half.
The Comets never lost the lead after that point and led 36-29 at halftime.
“It was the same thing as last night,” Ramage pointed out.
“Last night, Dabbs had two fouls and Marcus and Deshaun (Clark) and a bunch of guys picked it up and held the fort down until we could get him back in the game.
“Marcus did a great job of controlling the boards,” added Ramage.
“He took over. He had his senior moment and I expect many more. We have guys that can put it in and score and we feel good about that. We have options. This is going to make us a better team down the road.”
Dabbs returned to the lineup in the second half and needed only 46 seconds to send the Comets to a double-digit lead with a three-pointer. The Comets kept their foot on the Panthers’ throat, building a 19-point edge late in the third quarter and led 60-43 entering the final quarter.
Dabbs, Tevin Gayles and Clark sparked an early fourth-quarter run that gave the Comets a 27-point lead at 73-46 with 4:07 left. A three-point shot by Dabbs, who concluded his night with 10 points, was the final basket in that run.
Ramage cleared his bench at that point. And, while Morehead chopped the Comets’ final margin to 11 points, the Comets were never in any danger down the stretch.
The Comets had four players to reach double figures in the scoring column with Williams’ 19 points topping the list. Mayo followed with 12 points and snared a dozen rebounds. The Comets’ center also blocked eight shots, had three steals and three assists.
Jackson, who claimed five rebounds, and Dabbs, who had four steals along with one blocked shot and one assist, had 10 points each.
Gayles, Clark and Keon Gutrich scored six points each.