Halifax slips by Northeast

Published 1:28 pm Friday, January 27, 2012

By Tommy Bryant

Sports Writer

LASKER – Halifax Academy slipped by former league rival Northeast Academy here Wednesday.

The Vikings scored 10 of the final 14 points to slip out of Lasker with a 64-58 victory over Northeast. The two former Carolina Academy Conference rivals were playing in non-league action.

The game was close throughout and was tied at 54-all with just over two minutes to play thanks to a hoop by Ryan Williams of the Eagles.

Halifax responded with a pair of free throws off the hands of Clint Sieber and then a bucket from Josh Thaxton. Logan Deberry added another pair of free throws to give the Vikings a 60-54 edge with 39 seconds to play.

Northeast didn’t give up, however, as Will Glover went to the charity stripe and buried a pair of free throws to get the home team within four points.

Deberry, however, hit two from the free throw line at the other end to push it back to six with 19 seconds  to play.

Williams buried two free throws, but it wasn’t enough as Thaxton scored with seven seconds left to seal the win for Halifax.

The game was in doubt all the way through as neither team was able to pull away from the other.

Northeast led 13-11 at the end of the first quarter thanks to a pair of free throws from Logan Simonowich in the final minute of the period.

Halifax managed to fight back and take a 29-22 lead by the intermission, but Northeast spent the third quarter cutting into the lead. A late three-pointer by Matthew Clay helped Halifax lead by five (47-42) heading into the final quarter.

Northeast roared back, however, as Glover scored to open the quarter and was followed by consecutive hoops by Williams as the Eagles took a 48-47 lead.

Halifax tied the game on a Thaxton free throw and the game was tied again at 50 and 52 before being deadlocked the final time at 54-all.