The Urchins finally had its big moment against Ingomar.
Playing the Falcons close in two previous meeting this season, East Union came from behind on senior night, defeating the Falcons, 60-53.
“I know it means a lot to these guys to perform on a night like tonight,” Urchins head coach Tim McDonald said. “They were emotional before the game, and it doesn’t matter what night it is, you have to play your guts out against Ingomar. That’s what they did tonight.”
The two teams traded the lead in the first quarter, with Alex Jeter putting the Falcons in front until late in the game. Led by 15 points from Henry Foster at the break, Ingomar controlled the game, but the Falcons could never put a double-digit lead on the Urchins.
Jeter put the Falcons ahead, 45-38, early in the fourth, preceding an 11-4 run that put the Urchins ahead, 55-49. Dontrell Lattimore tied the game at 49, and gave East Union the lead moments later on a three-point play.
“Coach told us to not give up. We knew what we could do, and our defense,” Lattimore said. “I have no words for it. Broderick came with a big steal, and we got that basket, then D.J. had a big rebound, and I got the three-point play. It was just a great team effort.”
The Urchins’ defense held Henry Foster to six points in the fourth quarter, but the senior still finished with 26 on the night to lead the Falcons.
“Henry can beat us any night of the week, so we tried to make him give it up to some other guys and make them beat us,” McDonald said. “I don’t know if it worked or not, but I guess it turned out alright tonight.”
For the seniors, this is was an emotional win after over a county rival that they will never forget.
“Coming out here, winning on senior night, it’s been a dream for all of us. We know Ingomar,” Lattimore said. “They’re a good team. This has been a long time goal of ours to just play hard and never give up. Coach told us to play hard in the second half, and we did.”
Broderick Montgomery led the Urchins with 14 points, followed by Lattimore with 12 points and D.J. Armstrong with 10 points.
East Union will play West Union and Saltillo to close out the regular season this week.
Ingomar 51 East Union 45 (girls)
Ashley Leach led the Lady Urchins with 21 points, but Ingomar held on for the six-point win last Friday.
Leach gave East Union the brief lead, 5-4, in the first quarter, but the Lady Falcons went on a 6-0 run to regain the lead and held that advantage for the remainder of the game.
Reid Little led Ingomar with 18 points, followed by 15 points from Heather Dillard.