The second night of the Union County Tournament was highlighted by two close match ups on the boys’ side, setting up a rematch of last year’s title game between New Albany and Ingomar.
The Falcons held on in its semifinal contest against top-seeded East Union, 65-60, despite giving up a double-digit lead in the second half. Sam Cobb put Ingomar ahead by 11, 35-24, to open the third quarter, but late scoring from Vadale Rucker put the Urchins within five, 46-41, to close the frame.
Tray Davis opened the fourth with a three-point play, followed by the game-tying basket from Dontrell Lattimore. Jonathan Valle gave the Urchins its only lead, 48-46, before the Falcons regained control on baskets from Matt Hale and Henry Foster.
The Urchins would tie the game once more at 53, but Foster scored seven straight points, putting Ingomar ahead for good.
Foster led all scorers with 23 points, followed by 22 points from Devonte Williamson. Rucker led East Union with 18 points, while Lattimore added 17 points and Broderick Montgomery finished with 11 points.
The Falcons will take on the host team, New Albany, in Saturday’s championship after the Bulldogs defeated Myrtle, 67-58, behind three starters scoring in double figures.
Myrtle held a brief lead in the first, preceding 12-4 run by the Bulldogs to close the frame ahead, 14-9. Trailing by five to open the second half, Keon Hampton had a three-point play, making it 33-31, and the Hawks would lead once in the quarter before the Bulldogs went ahead by double digits, leading 46-36 at one point.
Bernard Spight led the Bulldogs with 15 points, followed by 13 points from Eric Chaney and Jarel Lipsey. Robert Montgomery led Myrtle with 23 points, while Hampton finished with 20 points.
New Albany and Ingomar will face off for the 2013 Union County Championship at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
West Union 35 Ingomar 22 (girls)
The Lady Eagles advanced to Saturday’s championship after a 13-point win over Ingomar.
West Union opened scoring the first five points, but Ingomar would take the lead once in the game on a free throw by Heather Dillard. That free throw in the first quarter would be the final points for the Lady Falcons in the half, as the Lady Eagle defense held Ingomar scoreless in the second quarter, taking a 22-11 lead to the break.
Ingomar’s scoring problems continued in the third, only scoring seven points in the frame. Meanwhile, the Lady Eagles had six points from Hannah McQuary, and were comfortably in the lead at 30-15 going into the final quarter.
McQuary and Julianna Garner each had eight points to lead West Union. Dillard and Reid Little led Ingomar with five points each.
West Union will take on New Albany for the girls’ championship, beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Friday’s box scores
West Union 35 Ingomar 22
Ingomar 11 0 7 4 22
West Union 18 4 8 5 35
Leading Scorers: (I) Heather Dillard 5, Reid Little 5; (WU) Hannah McQuary 8, Julianna Garner 8
Ingomar 65 East Union 60
Ingomar 18 15 13 19 65
East Union 8 16 17 19 60
Leading Scorers: (I) Henry Foster 23, Devonte Williamson 22; (EU) Vadale Rucker 18, Dontrell Lattimore 17, Broderick Montgomery 11
New Albany 67 Myrtle 58
New Albany 14 19 17 17 67
Myrtle 9 19 13 17 58
Leading Scorers: (NA) Bernard Spight 15, Eric Chaney 13, Jarel Lipsey 13; (M) Robert Montgomery 23, Keon Hampton 20
Saturday’s Championship games
6 p.m. West Union vs. New Albany (girls)
7:30 p.m. New Albany vs. Ingomar (boys)