By Blake Long/Special to the Journal
ENTERPRISE – Norris Ashley used a colorful reference to describe his Ingomar Falcons after their semifinal game in the Union County Tournament.
“I think we have a Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde here,” Ashley said. “It’s hard to figure out what kind of team we are just yet.”
The Mr. Hyde version of the Falcons came to play Friday, performing to their peak in an 83-74 win over top-seeded Myrtle in the second game of the day at West Union.
Denzel Siddell started a great shooting night early in the game, scoring Ingomar’s first 10 points to help the Falcons lead 21-19 after the first.
Siddell scored seven points in a 15-4 run to end the first half and put Ingomar (11-10) up 45-34 at the break.
The Hawks cut Ingomar’s lead to one possession twice in the fourth quarter, at 69-67 with 4:21 to go on a Keon Hampton layup and three minutes later on an old-fashioned three-point play by Cruz Weatherall to cut it to 77-74.
That was as close as Myrtle would get, as Ingomar hit 10-of-13 free throws in the fourth to clinch the win and advance to tonight’s 7:30 p.m. championship game.
Siddell added eight rebounds and four steals to go with a game-high 35 points. Hampton dropped in 26 points to lead the Hawks (14-7).
(B) New Albany 86, East Union 51: The three-seed Bulldogs (11-7) advanced to play four-seed Ingomar with a dominating performance on the boards, outrebounding East Union 41-18.
Daniel Drummond and Moses Kingsley led the way, both recording double-doubles. Drummond had 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Kingsley added 12 boards to 18 points.
Broderick Montgomery scored 19 points to lead the Urchins (13-8).
(G) Myrtle 68, Ingomar 30: Top-seeded Myrtle had no problems advancing to face three-time defending county champion New Albany tonight at 6 p.m.
Aspriona Gilbert scored 24 points for the Lady Hawks (20-0), while Emily Hall scored nine to lead Ingomar (9-12).