JOHNSON'S FREE THROWS HELP EAST UNION PAST MOOREVILLE
By Mike Talbert
NEW ALBANY The 13th lead change was lucky for East Union and bad news for the Mooreville Troopers Saturday at the New Albany Hotbed Classic.
Ben Johnson, who scored 29 points, hit a pair of free throws with 16 seconds left to give the East Union Urchins a 55-54 win on that 13th switch.
"We were tickled to get this win. When we do what we want to do and this happens it builds a little confidence," East Union coach Danny Henderson said.
In other games of the five-game showcase, Alcorn Central beat Ingomar 64-53, Ruleville beat Potts Camp 59-50, New Albany beat Durant 98-78, and West Union beat Booneville 68-62.
East Union (14-9) had two fouls to give after the free throws and used them to eat up seven seconds of the clock. Mooreville (15-7) still managed two more shots, but both were off balance.
"We can't play under pressure. We have seven losses and five of them are because we couldn't get off a decent last second shot," Mooreville coach Rex Berryman said.
Sam Staples scored 17 points, Anthony Hurd 16 and Rasheen Dilworth scored 15 points for Mooreville, which had a six-point lead with three minutes left.
Alcorn Central 64, Ingomar 53: The Central Bears (21-4), sluggish from a 68-66 Friday win over arch rival Corinth, also had to make major adjustments after trailing Ingomar at the half 23-20.
"Their style of play is super slowdown, and we think we play slow. It had us a little off balance," Central coach Larry Jobe said. "We tried a little harder to get our offense set."
Jason Harris, who was the only effective Central scorer in the first half with 10 points finished with 25. Nick Coln added 20 points and Saul Ellis 11. Sophomore Adam Kirk scored 25 points and freshman Trent Adair 14 for Ingomar (10-17).
Ruleville 59, Potts Camp 50: Kirby Oliver, a 6-6 college prospect, scored eight straight points in the fourth period as Ruleville (16-9) took its first lead and put Potts Camp (19-8) away.
"We were playing their game in the first half. We played ours in the second, which is running hard," Oliver said.
Potts Camp opened a 21-9 first quarter lead and held a 39-33 edge going into the final period. Then Ruleville went on a 16-2 run.
Javian Smith scored 18 points and Phillip Brock 12 for Potts Camp. John Pittman added 15 points for Ruleville.
West Union 68, Booneville 62: Chip Johnson scored 21 points, Corey Knighton 17 and Justin Thompson 12 for West Union (16-8). The Eagles opened a 38-22 halftime lead and survived a late Booneville comeback that closed the margin to five points as Joshua Leach scored all 17 of his points in the final period for the Blue Devils (7-13). Rick Miller scored 13 and Robert Miller and Mitch Howell 13 each.