Following their 70-32 win over Waccamaw in the first round of the playoffs, the Lake Marion players circled up in the middle of the locker room.
That's when head coach Roy Brown made the announcement.
"Khalil was the only one that made it into the North-South game," he said.
The players cheered for their starting point guard as the Gators had one more thing to smile about as they headed out of their locker room.
"It's really special," Halls said after the game. "Ever since I watched my friend play in that game, I always wanted to play in it, too. So, I'm going to just keep pushing hard."
Halls, an All-State selection for Lake Marion, has caught more than just the eye of the selection committee. A scout from Francis Marion paid the Gators a visit to watch Halls play. Unfortunately for him, there wasn't much to see as Halls spent most of the night on the bench after tweaking his ankle and with the game well in hand.
The Gators' standout guard has received interest from Savannah State, Francis Marion, Charleston Southern and Lincoln Memorial. For Halls, dealing with that sort of attention is something he's still getting used to.
"It's really hard," he said. "Everyday, I go home and think about what school I'm going to go to. Then, I realize I've got a game the next day. So, I don't really worry about it. I just try to play basketball."
That's the mentality he's going to have to have come Saturday when the Gators welcome Marion to "The Swamp." With the type of performance that the Gators had Wednesday, Lake Marion is only looking to build on it.
"We'll keep it up," Halls said when asked about the team's intensity. "We don't know who we play Saturday. So, we're just going to come out and do what we did tonight. I know the team we play next will probably be a little tougher though."