It’s long been said free throws can win or lose ballgames and the North Pontotoc Vikings proved that statement to be true on Tuesday against Ingomar.
The Falcons got off to a strong start behind the hot shooting of Matt Purvis and the interior play of Zach Carnell, but things started to turn the way of the Vikings in the third quarter when Clay Kidd and Matt Purvis joined Carnell on the bench with three fouls each.
That’s when Carillo and the Viking offense went to work turning a 21-7 first-quarter deficit into a 51-50 lead when Chaz Carillo found a slashing Ariues Stardfield for a transition basket with 45.7 second left in the third quarter.
Ingomar started to regain momentum in the final minute of the fourth as North Pontotoc clung to a 61-58 lead, but a questionable no-call allowed the Vikings to tighten their grip on the game.
Kensey Stout appeared to tie-up the basketball for a jump-ball call with the possession arrow in favor of the Falcons. Instead the officials allowed play to continue and Ethan Tallant drove to the basket against an off-guard Ingomar defense for an easy basket and completed the three-point play the old fashion way with a made free throw after being fouled on the lay-up to give the Vikings a 64-58 edge.
Kidd, Purvis, Tyler McCay, and Austin Owens all fouled out of the game and could only watch from the bench as North Pontotoc made their final four attempts from the line to put the game on ice and pick up the 68-63 come-from-behind victory.
Purvis led Ingomar with 16, Stout 14, and Carnell scored 10, Kidd 7, Owens 6, McCay 4, McCollum 4, and Steven Foster added 2 points. Purvis and Stout connected on four three-pointers each in the game.
Carrillo scored a game-high 18 points, Tallant 14, and Stardfield added 11 for the Vikings.
No player fouled out of the game for North Pontotoc. Ingomar made six of only fourteen trips to the line while the Vikings connected on 21-of-29 attempts on the night.
North Pontotoc 57 Ingomar 35 (G)
Ingomar couldn’t buy a basket and Shanda Melton couldn’t miss.
Melton scored a game-high 21 points in North Pontotoc’s 57-35 victory over the Lady Falcons on Tuesday.
The Lady Vikings took a 29-18 lead by halftime and outscored Ingomar 20-3 in the third quarter to take control of the contest before cruising to the victory.
Kayla Stevens scored 12, Brittany Edwards 9, Maggie Cobb 8, Lyndi Kidd 3, and Claire Wise added 3 points for the Lady Falcons.
Lakyn Nelson scored 14 and Hanna Tate added 10 points for North Pontotoc