Donte Simpson made two free throws with seven seconds remaining to lift Union City to a thrilling 66-64 victory over Humboldt Tuesday night.
The win was the Golden Tornadoes’ first on the Vikings’ homecourt since the 2008 season, when UC won the last of its five state championships.
Humboldt lost for the first time this season with the verdict.
The outcome completed a District 14A sweep for the Twister teams at H’boldt after the Union City girls triumphed 45-26 in the opener.
South Fulton also chalked up two wins in league play Tuesday, triumphing at Bradford for the scores of 61-42 and 63-47, respectively.
The following is a recap.
UC 66, Humboldt 64 (B)
An 11-0 Viking run had Union City in a five-point hole late.
But Marcus DeBerry made the Twisters’ only 3-pointer of the night with 50 seconds remaining to forge a 64-all tie before UC then came up with a steal with Simpson being fouled on his way to the bucket.
Simpson calmly made both free throws and Humboldt never got a shot off on its final possession.
“It was a good road win for us, especially considering we hadn’t won there in a few years,” Tornado head coach Shane Sisco said. “So many times in the last couple of years, we’ve had a shot but wilted under the pressure. It was nice to come through Tuesday night.”
Khiry Lewis, playing what Sisco said was “his best overall game in two years,” led four Union City players in double figures with 16 points.
Both Jamie Hyde and Simpson finished with 14 points, and Malik Stockdale tallied 12.
The Twisters are now 5-2 overall, 3-0 in league play.
The key stat was that Humboldt (5-1, 2-1) was guilty of 18 turnovers while UC had just eight.
Neither team led by more than six points in the contest.
The Tornadoes play host to Halls in District 14A action Friday night.
UC 45, Humboldt 26 (G)
The Lady Tornadoes forced 42 turnovers but hit just 16 field goals and eight free throws in the District 14A road win Tuesday night.
Tory Reedy had four of Union City’s five 3-point baskets to finish with a game-high 14 points, while Jackie Hudson added 12 points.
“Our defense was good, and our offensive execution was not bad,” Lady Twister head coach Eddie Suiter said. “We just didn’t finish around the basket.”
UC forced 27 turnovers in the first half alone, including six straight Lady Viking possessions at one juncture, but led just 12-6 after one quarter and 19-11 at the half.
Union City was ahead 27-16 at the end of three periods.
In addition to their struggles from the floor, the Lady Tornadoes connected on just 8-of-22 at the free throw line.
SF 61, Bradford 42 (G)
Taleeah Cross had 24 points as South Fulton led practically from start to finish in the District 14A road win.
Cross hit 8-of-10 free throws as SF connected on 18-of-26 at the line for the game, including 11-of-19 in the fourth quarter to pull away. She also had four steals.
Laken Haley added 14 points, three steals and two assists, while Ka-lon Martin had seven points and seven rebounds for the Obion Countians.
Morgan Martin had 16 points for Bradford.
“They tried to play out in our faces, and we were able to get to the rim early,” SF head coach Curt Lee said. “Defensively, we’re not sharp yet. We haven’t shown we can get a stop when we need to.”
South Fulton led 19-11 after one period and 29-17 at the half.
The visiting Devilettes took a 42-31 lead at the end of three periods and then closed the game the same way they it opened it with a 19-11 advantage in the fourth period.
SF improves to 5-2 overall and 3-0 in the district and will host league foe Greenfield on Friday.
SF 63, Bradford 47 (B)
The Redmen of Obion County started fast and finished in a likewise fashion to improve to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in 14A play.
SF led 23-9 after the game’s first eight minutes and closed out the contest by outscoring the host team 20-11 after Bradford had closed to within 43-36 heading into the fourth quarter.
Three South Fulton players scored in double figures (Harrison Hawks 16, Tevaris James 16, Clint Wells 10), while a fourth (Keshawn McManus) was just a point away from that status.
McManus did snatch a game-high 16 rebounds, while James had a half-dozen.
Hawks dished out four assists.
Published in The Messenger 12.5.12