When the boys championship game in Region 2-1A tips off Saturday night, it will be without two of the more dominant teams in the division, as Myrtle and Ingomar were both upset in their semifinal match-ups Friday night.
Potts Camp won in the final seconds off free throws by Kris Roberts to move into the finals against H.W. Byers.
The Hawks and Cardinals traded the lead four times in the first quarter and Myrtle stayed close despite only making six baskets in the first half. Keon Hampton put the Hawks within four at the break, scoring five late points, making It 25-21 Potts Camp.
“It comes down to you make your luck and your own effort. You make enough effort, you’re going to get lucky, and we basically took a knife to a gunfight in the first half,” Myrtle head coach Jonathan Ashley said. “We had maybe two guys making an effort while the others were just standing there, not getting their uniforms sweaty. It’s hard to compete that way.”
Hampton scored seven third quarter points, and Myrtle held a three-point lead until Antonio Love cut the deficit to one, 39-38, heading into the final frame.
Allen Robinson gave the Cardinals the lead late, and Javaughn Jones put Potts Camp ahead by three with a steal and lay-up. Hampton quickly responded, tying the game with a three, but a Heriah Dodson foul with 4.1 seconds remaining placed Roberts on the line, where he connected on both shots and Robert Montgomery failed on his game-winning three-point attempt.
Hampton led all scorers with 17 points off the bench for the Hawks.
“Good thing he showed up, because he gave us a chance,” Ashley said of Hampton. “It’s probably poor coaching that he wasn’t out there more with the opportunity to score more points. That’s my fault. You have a kid doing that well off the bench, he should be out there more.”
Montgomery finished with 16 points for Myrtle, while Allen Robinson led Potts Camp with 13 points, and Jones added 12.
The Cardinals advance to take on Byers, 63-48 winners over Ingomar.
Potts Camp held a three-point lead over the Falcons at the break, and Ingomar stayed within that margin in the third quarter, with a basket by Tanner McCollum making it 33-32 before the Lions went on a 6-0 run to close the frame.
Chris Echols hit 5-of-6 free throws in the fourth quarter, helping Potts Camp stretch their lead to double digits.
Steven Foster led Ingomar with 19 points, while Anthony Mabon led Potts Camp with 13, 10 points in the second half.
The Hawks and Falcons will play in the 2-1A consolation game at 5:30 p.m. while Potts Camp and Byers will square off in the championship at 8:30 p.m.