By JAMES BROWN
Glasgow Daily Times
A scoring drought in the second half in the second semifinal game cost the Monroe County Falcons.
Down only six points at halftime to Clinton County in a defensive game, Monroe looked to be in good shape. That didn't prove to be true as the Bulldogs posted a 16-3 run over 10 minutes that sent them to the championship game slated for 7:30 p.m. Saturday (tonight) in Albany.
The host Bulldogs jumped ahead early and led 15-9 more than three minutes into the second quarter. The Falcons rallied and took a 17-16 edge with 2:48 to go until halftime on a jumper by Chad Wilson. Clinton responded with a 10-3 run to end the first half and led 26-20 at the break.
After a flurry of action early in the third quarter, neither team was able to score late in the period. Clinton opened the quarter on a 4-0 run and led by 10, 30-20, with 6:05 showing in the quarter.
A 3-point play by Gibril Summers cut the deficit to 7, 30-23, for the Falcons, but a 3-point play by Clinton's Frank England put his team back ahead by 10. The Falcons scored the next four points on baskets by Summers and Kegan Graves to get within six points at 33-27.
The second field goal came with 4:14 to play in the third quarter and it would be the last one Monroe would score for 10 minutes in game time.
During the field goal dry spell, the Falcons got made free throws from Devin Gearlds and Garrett Crowe, but the Bulldogs scored steadily and led 49-30 with 2:36 left.
Dillon Geralds led Monroe with 10 points, while Gearlds scored six, Wilson and Summers each posted five, Crowe and Graves scored four, John Stone Proffitt had three and Lincoln Arnett and Houston Gillenwater each finished with a point.
Colby Langford led the Bulldogs with 13 points, while Keifer Dalton scored 12 and England finished with 11 points.