Union matched up with Hobbton on their home turf Friday night. The Spartans didn’t mess around in their house, taking down the Wildcats with a final score of 67-40.
In the first quarter, the Spartans took a quick lead, scoring 16 points, and allowing only 4 from Hobbton. At halftime, Union had added 22 points to the scoreboard, while Hobbton trailed with 16. Pressing on with a lead of 57-29 at the end of the third, and adding 10 points in the fourth, it was the Spartans who came out with a home victory when the final buzzer sounded.
Hobbton’s head coach Alfonzo Hooper said, “Union is my home, and Coach Pope is a mentor to me. They have a great program here. We are a young team and are still searching for our identity. Union has great athletes, and they made runs we didn’t respond to. We’ll take this loss and make some adjustments before we hit the court again.”
Leading for Union was Dezmond Faison with 27 points; Brandon Lovette with 18 points; Jaquan Newkirk with 6 points; Christian Boykin with 5 points.
Head coach for the Spartans, Tim Pope, said, “Dezmond and Brandon played really well for us tonight offensively and defensively. We shot the ball a lot better tonight and showed great effort on both ends of the court. It’s good to get a win, and we’re just going to try and get better each and every night. We start conference next week, so we’ll have to come ready to work hard at practice.”
Union will host West Bladen in their first conference game Tuesday. The Wildcats will travel to Rosewood on Tuesday.