The Nathan Gay Basketball Tournament concluded Saturday night at Union High School. The winners of the games on Friday were sent to the championship Saturday, while the other teams played consolation games prior to the championships.
First to take the court in a consolation game were the Union and Triton ladies. The Hawks overtook the court with great intensity, preventing much scoring from the Spartans. In the first quarter, Triton jumped out to a 16-5 lead over Union. This lead grew in the second, with Triton scoring 26 points, to a total score of 42-14. After halftime, the Lady Spartans found themselves surrounded by Hawks, and had trouble finding the basket. Triton didn’t let up, and held Union to score only 6 points in the entire second half. The final score was 75-20, securing 3rd place in the tournament for Triton, and 4th place for Union.
“We really just didn’t show up tonight,” said Union head coach Bryant Register, “The effort was not there that we had against Lakewood yesterday, and nothing really went right for us. But we’ll get back to work at practice and come back strong and prepared for a very good Wallace team next week.”
Leading scorers for the Spartans were Lauren Preddy with 5 points, Tanaziah Chestnutt with 5 points, Eva Long with 3 points.
The Lady Spartans will host Wallace Friday, January 3rd in a conference match up.
In the second consolation game, it was Union facing off with East Bladen. This battle looked to be a close one at the start, with Union scoring 11 and East Bladen scoring 18 in the first quarter. The Eagles maintained this slight lead throughout the second, leaving the court with a halftime score of 36-23. However, it was East Bladen who came out driving and ready to fight. They scored 35 points in the second half, while Union only managed to add 13 points to their end of the scoreboard. East Bladen came out the winners, with a final score of 71-36. This gave East Bladen the 3rd place position, and Union in 4th.
Leading the scoring for the Spartans was Brandon Lovette with 6 points, JaVonte Henry with 6 points, Christian Boykin with 5 points.
Union will take on Wallace at Union High School January 3rd in conference play.