Roseboro-Salemburg traveled to Union Middle for a conference match-up in middle-school basketball Monday afternoon. The Spartans used a big fourth quarter to turn things around and get the win in a close one, 39-37.
Roseboro-Salemburg used full-court pressure for the first half, which was very effective. They built a 15-7 lead after the opening quarter, and had a 3 point lead at half-time, 22-19.
Union turned up the defensive intensity in the second half. They allowed just 15 second half points, including just 6 in the third. This allowed Derrick Smith and the Spartans to get the win in front of the home crowd.
Smith led Union with 12 points, and Tyler Murphy hit double figures with 10.
For RSMS, Marquis Moore led the way with 12. Austin Blackwell had 11 for the Leopards.
RSMS’s coach Todd Wheeler was pleased with his team’s defense in the opening half, and simply said “they (Union) really played some great ball in the second half”.
Monday’s game was evidence of just how tough winning on the road can be at any level of competition.