Not since 2005 has East Union posted a win against Ingomar in boys basketball, and for Chris Tables and the Urchin seniors, this is only one of many goals the team hopes to accomplish this season.
“I haven’t beaten Ingomar in my entire high school career, but we came in together, played hard and played together as a team,’ Tables said after East’s 57-48 win. “We’ve just learned to love one another and cheer each other on, and it’s been intense in practice for us.”
Tables hit two three-pointers in the first quarter to keep the Urchins within a one-point deficit, and it was his third triple of the game that gave East its first lead at 16-14 to open the second quarter.
Connecting on four of his five three-pointers in the first half, the Urchins only allowed Ingomar to take the lead one more time and held a 29-25 lead at the half.
Matt Hale helped the Falcons tie the game in the third at 29, but the Urchins pulled away with the help of 12 fourth quarter points by Trey Barkley.
“It’s huge for our kids,” EU coach Tim McDonald said. “They’ve been working very hard in practice. We’ve got guys that have stepped up in roles for us, and everyone has been very receptive in practice. Things are coming together, and they’re doing the things I’m asking them to do. It’s amazing what happens when you play a little defense, get a few good baskets and have a great attitude.”
Tables led both teams scoring 17 points, followed by 12 points by Barkley. McDonald spoke of his two leading scorers and their contributions in his team’s 4-1 start.
“We’ve got a couple options there, and when both of those guys contribute and we play defense the way we have the last couple of weeks, good things happen,” he said. “We’ve got to keep getting those guys involved and letting the others do their share as well.”
East Union finished connecting on eight three-pointers, and it was the increased physical play by the Urchins that helped in the win.
“Our post play has been our achilles heel the last few years,” McDonald said. “We haven’t had a lot of post play, size wise, and folks have been too physical for us. We don’t have a choice. We have to play extremely hard and we’ve got to play more physical than what our bodies are capable of doing.”
Denzel Siddell led Ingomar with 15 points, followed by Steven Foster with 14.
Ingomar 56 East Union 37 (girls)
An early second half surge led the Lady Falcons to a 19 point win at East Union.
The Lady Urchins kept within seven points in the first half, but Ingomar opened the third quarter on an 8-0 run to pull away for the win.
Kate Webb led Ingomar with 16 points, followed by Reid Little with 15 and Mallory Adair with 12 points.
Ashley Leach hit five three-pointers to lead East Union with 18 points.
Ingomar will next play against North Pontotoc for Homecoming on Friday while East Union will participate in the Thrasher Tournament on Thursday and Friday.