JuJu Williams scored 21 points and added 14 rebounds to lead Hemingway to its second straight Class A boys basketball championship in a 71-59 victory over Ridge Spring-Monetta Saturday afternoon.
It’s the third title for the Tigers since 2010.
“This is awesome,” Hemingway coach Emmanuel DeWalt said. “When you get into coaching, this is something you dream about. To be able to walk in here and inherit a great program in my first year and win it again is unbelievable.”
It was close at the half at Colonial Life Arena before Hemingway pulled away in a dominant second half. The Tigers turned a four-point halftime lead, 32-28, into a 42-32 lead by the middle of the third quarter and never trailed again. The lead grew to as many as 15 points as the 25-17 scoring advantage in the third quarter proved too much for Ridge Spring-Monetta to overcome.
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Darius Taylor added 16 points for Hemingway.
Jerry Tyler scored 20 points to lead Ridge Spring-Monetta. Melvin Alewine scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the losing effort. The Trojans were in a state final for the first time since winning a Class C title in 1955.
R S-M – Jerry Tyler 20, Melvin Alewine 16, Johnnie Freeman 11, Bettis 8, Frazier 2, Robinson 2. H – JuJu Williams 21, Darius Taylor 16, Jaquan Julius 12, Cooper 9, Singletary 6, Lewis 5, Parker 2.