It was the lower seeded teams advancing to the championship on the boys’ side, and for the second time in three years, the title game of the Union County Tournament will feature the Falcons and Bulldogs.
Denzel Siddell scored a game-high 35 to lead Ingomar in an upset of top seeded Myrtle, 83-74, a game head coach Norris Ashley said was one of his team’s best this season.
“We played a lot of emotion and intensity, which I’m proud to see, because we haven’t shown that all the time, and when we have, it hasn’t been for four quarters,” Ashley said. “I think we were, there’s a lot of enthusiasm on both sides, I thought. We played one of, if not our best, game of the year.”
Siddell scored 22 first half points, 12 in the second quarter, as Ingomar went on an 8-0 run in the frame and led 45-34 at the break.
Robert Montgomery and Keon Hampton got the Hawks back within single digits, and with Ingomar ahead by only two, Robert Montgomery fouled Steven Foster going for a loose ball, which Ashley said was the deciding factor in his team’s win.
“When they cut it to a couple points toward the end, the key play was when Robert was diving for a loose ball with Steven,” he said. “I think Steven got there first and Robert got the foul, which I thought was appropriate that a loose ball on the court determined the game. That’s the way this tournament is; a knock down, drag out alley fight.”
Foster finished with 25 points for Ingomar, followed by 13 points from LaQuain Foster. Keon Hampton led the Hawks with 26 points, followed by 22 points from Montgomery and 11 from Jonathan West.
Ingomar will take on New Albany, 86-51 winners over East Union in Friday’s final game.
The Urchins stayed close through the first quarter, led by Trey Barkley, who hit a three at the end of the frame, making it a two-point contest, 16-14.
Daniel Drummond and Moses Kingsley combined for half of the Bulldogs’ second quarter points, helping New Albany to a commanding win.
Drummond led New Albany with 21 points, followed by 18 from Kingsley, 13 from William Harding and 12 from Eric Chaney.
Broderick Montgomery led East Union with 18 points, followed by 17 from Barkley.
On the girls’ side, Myrtle advanced to Saturday’s finals with a 68-30 win over Ingomar.
The Lady Falcons came within two early in the game, preceding a 12-0 Lady Hawk run. In front 42-17 at the start of the second half, Myrtle scored 19 straight and almost held Ingomar scoreless in the frame until a three-pointer by Emily Hall in the final seconds.
Aspriona Gilbert led Myrtle with 24 points, followed by 17 from Halle Knowles and Jenna Jordan had 10 points. Hall led Ingomar with nine points.
Saturday’s championships will begin at 6 p.m. with the Lady Hawks and New Albany, followed by Ingomar and New Albany boys at 7:30 p.m.