HOULKA – There is a lot more to Houlka than Madarious Hobson, and Ingomar found that out first-hand Tuesday night.
Sure, Hobson got his points – a team-leading 27 – but he had plenty of help in an 83-74 win that knocked the Falcons from the ranks of the unbeatens.
Dustin Berry and Keshun Buchanan scored 15 points apiece for Houlka (8-3), while Justin Long added 14. Berry also had eight rebounds.
It was the kind of game longtime Houlka coach Jimmy Guy McDonald is used to coaching in when it involves Ingomar.
“That was a big win,” he said. “It’s always like this when we play. It’s always this way.”
Jay Pickens scored 35 points for Ingomar (12-1). Kelton Hall, who averaged 20 points per game coming in, never got on a roll and finished with 13.
Hobson’s defense had a lot to do with that.
“They were physical with him, and they made it tough for him to touch it,” Ingomar coach Jonathan Ashley said.
Ingomar started fast, taking an early lead. But Houlka scored the final 12 points of the first quarter and the first five of the second to establish a 26-15 edge.
It grew to 41-24 on a 3-pointer by Long.
“They started to press us, and we got layups off of it,” McDonald said. “We beat them down the court.”
Ingomar cut the deficit to 59-50 by the end of the third quarter but never could mount a rally.
The Falcons did themselves no favors at the free throw line, where they made just 7 of 24. Houlka hit 12 of 16.
“It’s hard to come back doing that,” Ashley said.
(G) Ingomar 74, Houlka 27: Lauren Thompson scored 19 points as the Lady Falcons improved to 11-0. Houlka (4-7) was led by Timoya Brownlee’s 12 points.
Turning Point: Ingomar led 15-9 before Houlka scored 17 unanswered points, with five players scoring during the run.
Point Maker: Hobson shot 10 of 18 from the field and 7 of 9 from the free throw line. He also had 10 rebounds.
Talking Point: “We’re trying to find the toughest environments and competition,” Ashley said, “and this is always one with coach McDonald and how well they always play and what they had coming back.”