Hornets chalk one up

Published: Saturday, January 18, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 18, 2003 at 12:01 a.m.

HAWTHORNE - It just didn't look like Hawthorne's night.

Through three quarters, the Hornets had given up a 15-2 run to visiting district rival P.K. Yonge, shot just 3-of-14 from the foul line, and shoot, their scoreboard even malfunctioned forcing the game tally to be kept on a chalkboard.

But none of that mattered when it mattered most, as sixth-ranked Hawthorne made 6-of-8 free throws in the final period to beat the No. 3 Blue Wave, 70-64 on Friday.

"I told the guys at halftime (when the Hornets faced a 38-32 deficit) that we needed to pick up the defensive intensity," said first-year Hornets' coach Mike Williams, whose team improved to 14-4. "We were giving P.K. too many open shots, and they're a very good shooting team. I told them we couldn't allow that any more."

Apparently, his guys listened, limiting the Blue Wave (10-5) to eight second-half field goals, including just three in the fourth.

"We didn't take care of the ball as well as we needed," said P.K. Yonge coach Mark Griseck, whose club was led by Eric Rutledge (18 points, eight rebounds) and Chauncey Lampkin (18 points, four assists). "We had chances to put the game away, but never made the plays we needed to. And when you play an athletic team like Hawthorne that has a star player like Cornelius (Ingram) who can turn a game around on his own, that can be a problem."

About that star player ... Hawthorne got a statbook-filling effort from 6-foot-5 junior swingman Cornelius Ingram, who finished the evening with 28 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block. He was ably supported by Michael Baker, who entered the final quarter with two points and finished with 12 to go along with his game-high 12 rebounds.

"We're always pumped to play P.K.," said Ingram, whose team topped the Blue Wave two-of-three times in the 2001-02 season. "They have a great team and it's turned into a real big rivalry. It's going to be big every time we play them."

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