By Blake Long/Special to the Journal
MYRTLE – The Potts Camp boys basketball team has been through adversity this season, but making it to the championship game of the Division 2-1A Tournament certainly put a smile on Shaun Holtz’s face.
Holtz’s fourth-seeded Cardinals took advantage of a slow start by top-seeded Myrtle, eventually downing the Hawks 53-51.
“We had to get rid of some players along the way, probably 7 or 8,” noted Holtz, “Finally to come through that and win these games at the end is great.”
Potts Camp (9-17), which will play H.W. Byers for the Division 2-1A title tonight, took advantage of threw early Myrtle turnovers and started the game on an 8-3 run, and led 15-11 after the first quarter.
After a slow second quarter that saw both teams go on scoring lapses of over 3 minutes, the Cardinals led 25-21 at the break.
Myrtle (17-16) took their first lead of the contest with 5:37 remaining in the third quarter on Robert Montgomery’s field goal.
Montgomery’s basket started a chain of lead changes (11) and ties (5) that would not end until four seconds remained on the clock in the fourth quarter, when Kris Roberts knocked down two free throws for the winning points of the contest for the Cardinals.
The Hawks led 39-38 after the third quarter, and neither team led by more than 3 points in the fourth quarter.
Keon Hampton led the Hawks with 17 points, while Allen Robinson chipped in 13 points in the winning effort for Potts Camp.
– (B) H.W. Byers 63, Ingomar 48: A 17-3 run in the middle of the fourth quarter helped H.W. Byers (10-15) reach today’s final.
Steven Foster scored a game-high 19 points to lead Ingomar (15-15), while A.J. Maben was the only Lion to reach double digits with 13 points.
– (G) Myrtle 81, Potts Camp 38: A 30-point second quarter helped Myrtle (25-6) easily reach today’s title game against H.W. Byers.
Both Aspriona Gilbert (21 points, 10 rebounds) and Meshay Cox (17 points, 11 rebounds) recorded double doubles to lead the Lady Hawks. Zana Davis scored 21 points for the Lady Cardinals (13-17) .
– (G) H.W. Byers 64, Ingomar 23: The Lady Lions pitched a shutout during the fourth quarter on the way to victory.
Kourtney Coleman scored a game-high 21 points to lead H.W. Byers. Shelly Grisham led the Lady Falcons with 13.