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Comets senior cagers optimistic about upcoming season

It has been three years since a Halifax County High School varsity boys basketball team has had a winning record.

Comets seniors Dakota Delaware and Evin Morrison are anxious to change that trend this season.

“We’re tired of losing,” said Delaware, a 6-2 senior forward.

“We’re trying to change the Comet ways. We’ve got to put that (losing) behind us. Coach (Comets Head Coach Larry Epperly) is trying to start a new generation, a new winning squad. We’ve got to stop playing and start working harder.”

“We’ve been losing for a long time now,” added Morrison, the Comets 6-7 senior center.

“This year, I expect to win. We all do, and I think we are going to win.”

Morrison and Delaware are two of the four seniors on this year’s Comets squad. Both players are optimistic that they and their fellow dozen teammates can combine forces and come away with a better mark than the 8-12 overall record and 3-5 district slate, the Comets compiled last year in Epperly’s first season at the helm of the Comets basketball program.

“I think this will be the best year we’ve had in a long time,” Morrision remarked.

“I have high hopes for this season too,” Delaware added.

“I hope we come away with more wins than last year and have a chance to make the playoffs.”

The two seniors say their positive feelings stem from a change in the attitude of their teammates. 

“I think everybody is taking it more seriously than we did last year,” Delaware said.

“Last year we played a lot. There was a lot of playing around on the team, a lot of joking before practices and games. This year we’re taking it a lot more seriously. Coach (Epperly) told us if you’re going to play (around), you’re not going to play. I guess they’re taking it seriously because everyone wants to play.”

Morrison said he sees the change in attitudes on the court.

“Everybody is working hard at practice and pushing each other,” he pointed out.

“We’re all working harder than we have in previous years. Coach (Epperly) is pushing us hard this year. He wants us to win. I think we all do.”

Morrison and Delaware see a number of positives, a number of strong points in the Comets’ favor this season. For his part, Morrison notes the hard work as a big positive in the team’s favor.

“I think it’s just all-around hustle and hard work,” Morrison pointed out.

“We have a lot of athletic guys that are working hard. Every position is better. Our point guards are better. Everybody is passing the ball better. Our shooting is better than last year. Our post play is better. Coach is running an offense that works well for us and we’re all in spots where we feel comfortable.” 

Delaware says the talent level of this year’s squad is better than last year.

“We’ve got a bunch of young talent on this team,” Delaware pointed out.

“I think our point guard play is better than it was last year. Last year our guards weren’t as strong as they are this year. Our big men (Morrison and Kory Lennon) have gotten better on the blocks. I just feel we have a stronger team this year.”

Delaware says the offensive scheme the team is using this season suits the players better.

“The offense we’re running now is better than last year,” Delaware noted.

“It’s versatile. You can have anybody at any position and you can run it as it is. That way, Coach can run any lineup he needs, and have a better offense. There are not as many plays, and it’s easier to run through.”