The Bulldogs were off to a hot start in their season opener, but Ingomar did not back down, keeping up with New Albany until the final frame of the 'Dawgs 68-58 win Monday night.
New Albany raced to a 22-13 lead after the first, led by Tadarius Coburn's eight points. The Bulldogs fell cold in the second, and two technical fouls helped bring Ingomar back into the game. Wesley Jumper gave the Falcons their first lead, 27-26, but New Albany would maintain a two-point advantage, 30-28 at the half.
“We knew they were going to attack the basket,” NAHS head coach Brad Gray said. “They always do, and they're good at it. They're good at rotating and taking the charge, and we did a poor job defensively and we did a very poor job of playing under control on offense.”
Jumper would tie the game in the third and gave Ingomar the lead, 34-32, as the senior had 14 second half points. The Falcons would lead by as many as seven before Jevonte Newsome helped the Bulldogs regain the lead.
“He does such a good job creating off the dribble and he can hit some very tough shots,” Gray said of Jumper. “He's an overall great player and a competitor. He never left the floor, never came out of the game and he didn't wear down or get tired. He was making same shots in the fourth quarter as he was in the first quarter. You have to give that kid a lot of credit.”
Coburn stepped up once again with nine fourth quarter points, 21 overall, as New Albany (1-0) picked up the win. Moses Kingsley added 14 points, while Daniel Drummond and Newsome each added 10 points.
“I told them before the game that they knew Ingomar was going to play hard and we were going to get their absolute best,” Gray said. “I just preached to them to not listen to what everyone is saying about how good you are, and I think that anyone who saw this game tonight knows we're not as good as they say we are. The sooner our kids start buying into that philosophy instead of listening to what others say about them, we'll have this same result every night.”
Jumper led Ingomar (0-2) with 23 points, while Steven Foster added 13 and Henry Foster 11 points.
New Albany will travel to Myrtle Thursday night and Ingomar will travel to Pine Grove and North Pontotoc.