Lions outlast Hawks

Robert Montgomery drained a three-pointer for the Hawks in the closing seconds of Monday’s game against Biggersville, but the Hawks fell short, 88-86, at home.

Myrtle had a strong start, going ahead by as many as eight in the first quarter and leading the Lions, 21-17, after the first.
Biggersville, behind nine points off the bench from Dorian Barnett, took the lead in the second quarter. Dion Wilson put the Hawks within one, 33-32, but the Lions outscored Myrtle, 8-4, to close the first half with the 41-36 lead.
“Whenever we got up, we relaxed a little bit, and they kept pushing the ball in transition,” Myrtle coach Cliff Ormon said.
“They continued to get the second shot all night. We would do good preventing the first shot, but that second shot hurt us all night. I think they finished with 21 offensive rebounds and scored on either 10 or 11 of those. Big difference in the game were offensive boards.”
Taylor Hogue scored eight points for the Hawks in the third quarter, but the Lions went ahead by as many as 12 in the frame.
Back-to-back three-pointers from Darius King and Ben Paist put the Hawks within five, and Montgomery made it a three-point game with 18 seconds left. The senior had the final two shots for Myrtle, both three-pointers, finishing with a game-high 33 points.
Danail Simmons led Biggersville with 27 points, 22 in the second half.Marquis Watson added 16 points, followed by Barnett with 15 points and Emmanuel Simmons with 14 points.
For the Hawks, Hogue finished with 17 points, followed by Paist with 14 and 10 points from Keon Hampton.
Myrtle played at Blue Mountain on Tuesday and will be on the road for the next four games, beginning with Ingomar on Friday.