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YOUNGSTOWN Ingram sparks Mooney to 16th victory



Published: Sat, February 22, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



He scored 11 of his 24 points during a second-quarter stretch.

By BOB ROTH

VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

YOUNGSTOWN -- Cardinal Mooney senior Curtis Ingram scored 24 points and keyed a 10-0 second-quarter run, en route to the Cardinals' 58-49 win over host Woodrow Wilson in boys basketball action Tuesday.

Wilson trailed by four during the first quarter, but Randall Poindexter hit two free throws and Palmer Chatman hit a 3-pointer to give the Redmen (7-12) a 16-12 lead.

The Redmen twice led by eight points in the second quarter and took their largest lead, 24-16, with 3:52 remaining until halftime.

That's when Ingram, who had just three points at the time, turned on the heat.

Ingram scored 11 points over the next three minutes, giving the Cardinals a 27-26 lead with under a minute left. Brent Villella added a put-back for the Cardinals (16-3), who led 29-26 at halftime.

Wilson never got closer than two points the rest of the way.

Turnaround

"This was always a close game, but our good run to the half turned the game around," Mooney coach Nick Bellino said. "We did a better job defensively in the second half when the tempo of the game was in our favor."

Ingram added six assists and five steals.

"This is a backyard rivalry and we all know each other, so when we play Wilson there is more importance to the game," Ingram said. "I was rushing my shots early, but fortunately they began to fall at the right time."

Junior David Zidian had 11 of the Cardinals' 31 rebounds.

Wilson trailed by 10 with under five minutes left, then cut the deficit to six with 2:42 remaining.

Clinched it

Then Ingram found Ron Stoops open underneath for a basket, and free throws by Ingram and Zidian put the game away.

Poindexter led Wilson with 15 points and Chatman added a career-high 14. David Johnson had 10 of Wilson's 28 rebounds.

"We started well, but they caught us with that second-quarter run that proved to be a difference," Wilson coach Mark Cherol said. "Once again we made bad decisions on the court at crucial times."




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