Hawks outlast Ashland, East Union ends season

Myrtle 76 Ashland 58 (boys)

The Hawks were able to comeback after falling behind early versus Ashland Tuesday night.

Tony Hill hit three three pointers in the first quarter to give the Blue Devils the early advantage. Ashland also took advantage of early foul trouble by Myrtle’s Jimel Judon, who had to sit out the second quarter after picking up two early fouls in the first.

After another three pointer by Ashland at the buzzard, the Hawks found themselves down 21-19 after one.

Both teams went back and forth in the second, trading the lead. A Russ Yates’ three-pointer capped a 7-0 Myrtle run, giving the Hawks the 35-29  lead. The Blue Devils were able to cut the lead to one at the half, 35-34.

Myrtle jumped out on a 5-0 run in the opening seconds, but the Blue Devils would have one more push before the Hawks would pull away for good later in the third. Myrtle took a 58-50 lead into the fourth quarter.

Holding the ball for long periods in the final frame, Myrtle now moves on to Thursday night’s semi-finals, where they’ll face top-seeded Coldwater.

Hill led Ashland with 18 points, while Ted Parker added 16.

David Wilson led the Hawks with 22, while Judon and Will Gregory each scored 13 and Russ Yates added 12.

Thursday night’s match-up with Coldwater will be at 8:30.

H.W. Byers 66

East Union 57 (boys)

East Union’s season came to an end Tuesday night, as the Urchins could not overtake the Lions, falling 66-57.

Matthew Carter led a second quarter surge by the Urchins, as he scored nine straight for East Union, giving them the 28-25 lead.

With seconds left before the half, the Urchins had a costly foul against Byers’ Jarvis Ware, who was given three free throws. Ware only made one, but after a steal by the Lions, they were able to score and tie the game at 28 at halftime.

The score went back and forth in the first minutes of the third. A three-pointer by Clay Armstrong gave the Urchins their final lead at 36-34 with 5:08 left in the third. Byers’ immediately regained the lead after a three by Tedarian Bryson made it 37-36.

Byers would extend their lead over the final parts of the third, making it 47-40 going into the final frame.

Neither team scored until almost two minutes into the fourth, and the Urchins had a final push again led by Carter. Scoring four of the six points, East Union had a 6-0 run to make it 50-46 in favor of the Lions. Free throws helped keep Byers in control, and despite good efforts, the Urchins were unable to complete the comeback.

Carter led the Urchins on the night with 21, while Garreth Pannell added 18.

For Byers, Bryson led with 34, while Demarius Scott scored 11 and Ware added 10.

“We played hard,” East Union head coach Tim McDonald said. “The difference came in the third quarter. We were only 5-of-10 from the line, and we allowed Byers some breathing room. I give a lot of credit to Tedarian Bryson. I thought we did a good job of getting after him, but he made some big shots. He played a great game.”

East Union ends their season at  12-19 and will lose three to graduation.

“We’ve probably won more this year than we have in the last four,” McDonald said. “There were about 10 games that we didn’t get our job done and we could have pulled out. It left a bad taste in our mouths, but we kept working hard and never gave up.”

McDonald also spoke about his three seniors.

“We’re losing two starters, three overall. We’re going to miss them a lot, and we hope to fill the gaps for next season.”