By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
ECRU – Tupelo’s boys won on Saturday night despite officials taking some points away.
The Golden Wave beat North Pontotoc 69-59 in the final game of the Kings of the Court Tournament.
Tied at 51 in the fourth quarter, Tupelo’s Tim Lewis went to the line for two shots. He missed the front end and Sean Watkins grabbed the miss and scored uncontested.
Jordan Garmon then stole the ball and scored on a fastbreak for what appeared to be a 55-51 Tupelo lead. North cut it two on Javonnis Garmon’s free throws before North Pontotoc coaches could get the officials’ attention to question Lewis’ untaken free throw.
Officials gathered and took four points from Tupelo (11-9) and two from North Pontotoc (12-5), reverting the game to tie at 51. A minute was also added on the clock.
“I was against it,” Tupelo coach Jeff Norwood said. “It worked out. We had the momentum going. We kind of kept it going, but I thought it was just a play on situation.”
After the interruption, Lewis went back to the line for his second free throw and made it for a 52-51 lead with 6:31 left. Watkins went inside for a three-point lead and Antonio Green’s 3-pointer put the Golden Wave ahead 59-54. Tupelo was down by 14 in the third but scored 18 of the game’s final 26.
Tupelo had no answer for Marcus Green in the first half. Green scored a game-high 30 points for the Vikings but none in the fourth quarter.
Green had 20, Watkins 13 and Alex Foster 10 for the Wave.
“We got bigged, especially in the second half,” North Pontotoc coach Chris Pettit said. “Offensive rebounds killed us.”