Amory tops coach’s former school

By BRANDON SPECK
Daily Journal
NEW ALBANY – Amory coach Rob Browning knows what the Hotbed Classic is all about. Browning played there during his career at Ingomar.
So did Ingomar coach Jonathan Ashley. The two were also on the same bench at Myrtle, Ashley as head coach before Browning took over at Amory.
Former assistant got the best of former boss Saturday, back on the Hotbed floor in the 22nd edition of the Kiwanis Classic at New Albany.
Amory beat Ingomar 68-60 in front of a full house.
“It’s a win. We played well in spurts. We lost focus up 20, let them back in the game,” Browning said.
“I played for Ingomar. They’re going to make a run. It doesn’t matter if they’re down 30 or down five, they’re going to make a run.”
Amory got a team-high 23 points from Devin McIntosh and Dario Robinson scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half.
Browning and Ashley talked after each had division games Friday night.
“We didn’t say much,” Browning said. “We joked around. He tried to keep me calm. He knew I was kind of nervous playing Ingomar for the first time. It’s special. He’s a great coach, and they’re going to surprise people in 1A I think.”
The Panthers led 36-22 at the half and overcame a strong third quarter from Ingomar leading-scorer Henry Foster. Foster had 14 of his 28 points in the quarter but Amory led by 16 after three.
Devonte Williamson had 15 for the Falcons (18-9), Laquin Foster had 10. Amory got another 17 points from Jaylon Fair.
“We hung around and stayed with it,” Robinson said. “We got kind of unfocused at the end of it.”