- Last Updated on 12:22 PM 04/23/12
- BY Joe Chandler
Deshon Dabbs was about as relaxed as a player could get.
The Halifax County High School guard needed only six seconds in Saturday night’s game against E.C. Glass High School to score his first basket. By the time the first four and a half minutes of action were in the books, Dabbs had hit four more shots and the Comets were up 14-3.
At that point, the game was all but over.
Dabbs finished the night with 28 points as the Comets rolled to an easy 62-41 win over the Hilltoppers in the final game of the Beacon Classic in Lynchburg.
“I just sat back and let it (the game) come to me,” Dabbs said almost sheepishly.
“I didn’t force anything. I just let it come to me. We knew we could beat this team and we just put our minds to that.”
Saturday night’s win extended the Comets’ early-season win streak to four games in a row. Despite being unbeaten at this early juncture in the season, Comets head coach Lynn Ramage says there is still a lot of work ahead.
“We’re still a product in the making,” Ramage pointed out.
“We’re still putting in new things every day at practice. We did what we were supposed to do tonight. The kids are playing well. They’re gaining more confidence with every game.”
The Comets were not perfect at everything they set out to do Saturday night. Yet, they did things well enough to remove any doubt about the final outcome by the time the first quarter was over.
Halifax County led 21-8 at the end of the first quarter and used its defensive prowess to survive a three-plus-minute scoring drought early in the second quarter.
Kejuan Mayo, who finished the night with six points and 14 rebounds, broke the Comets’ dry spell with a free throw with 3:20 left in the first half to make it a 24-11 advantage for the Comets.
Then, Dabbs took over again.
Dabbs scored nine points in the final 1:57 of the first half as the Comets pulled away to a 34-14 lead at halftime, with Dabbs having scored 24 of the team’s points.
Two free throws by Mayo and a dunk by Dabbs put the Comets up by 25 points at 39-14 with 5:25 left in the third quarter. That was pretty much the swan song for the bulk of the Comets’ starters as Ramage began shuffling reserves in and out of the lineup.
The Comets led 44-24 at the end of the third quarter. E.C. Glass cut the Comets’ lead to less than 20 points only one time in the final eight minutes of the game, that coming at the outset of the fourth quarter.
Rob Jackson and Marcus Williams wasted little time in punching the lead back over the 20-point mark and the Comets waltzed their way through the final six and a half minutes without a hitch.
“ In the second half they (E.C. Glass) came out in a 1-3-1 zone (defense) and we did not attack that intelligently,” Ramage pointed out.
“But, we got buckets off of our steals, and our fast break got us some points.”
With four wins in the books, the Comets are gearing up to face what may well be their toughest test thus far.
The Comets will face Martinsville High School here Wednesday night in a game that may prove to be a measuring stick of sorts for the Comets.
Martinsville High School has already beaten Western Valley District opponents Patrick Henry and William Fleming this season. Last year, the Bulldogs defeated the Comets twice.
“This is a big game,” Ramage said of the upcoming contest against Martinsville High School.
“We know what we’ve got ahead of us. Martinsville beat us twice last year and they’ve already beaten two Western Valley District teams this season.
“We’re asking our fans to come out Wednesday in full force and give us all of the support they can,” added Ramage.
“We hope the Comets Crazies will come out and be crazy for us that night.”