Caleb Ham scored 16 points and fellow seniors Kyle McRae and Jay Shorts added 14 and 12, respectively, but the Wolverines couldn’t catch the Tigers in an 81-63 final Monday.
Artavious Marshall led Mundy’s Mill with 17 points, Malik Osborne added 16 and Marquis Johnson finished with 15.
After Ham made a free throw to tie the score at 5-5 in the first quarter, Mundy’s Mill scored the next 16 points, including five layups during the surge.
“Playing a scramble type basketball is what we do well,” Mundy’s Mill coach Royal Maxwell said. “A brand I never played or coached but I found out this is the best way for this team. When 13 to 15 kids play this is when they play their best as opposed to playing seven or eight.”
Not much changed as far as momentum in the second quarter and the Wolverines went into the locker room trailing 40-22.
“We tried not to let Ham and Shorts get to their spots,” Maxwell said. “We didn’t want to let them get to their spots because when they get to their spots they can really hurt us.”
As hoped, Union Grove made its best run in the third quarter and pulled within 53-46 on a layup by Ham with plenty of time left in the frame to get even closer.
But the Tigers would rebuild their lead back to double digits with eight minutes to play.
Then unfortunately, the Wolverines wouldn’t be able to put together another run, allowing Mundy’s Mill to cruise the rest of the way.
Early on, another factor that gave Union Grove problems was the size of Osborne, who is listed at 6-foot-6 and 300 pounds. His ability to dominate inside was critical.
"He has good feet to be a big guy so we try to go inside out with a football aspect--lets start the ground and pound first and then we can always resort to jump shots," Maxwell said