Last updated: January 23. 2014 10:10AM - 798 Views
by Michala Robinson, Sports Writer

Raider Jordan Thompson rises above Spartan defenders in the game Wednesday night. (Michala Robinson, The Sampson Independent)
Raider Jordan Thompson rises above Spartan defenders in the game Wednesday night. (Michala Robinson, The Sampson Independent)
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Union faced off with Midway on the MHS basketball court Wednesday night. The Raiders took care of business on their home court, and sent the Spartans packing with a final score of 65-40.

The Raiders established their dominance in the first, starting the game off with 18 points, while Union only managed to gain 4. The Spartans began finding the basket more frequently in the second, adding on 16 points. However, this was no match for the Raiders’ offense, which led them to score 28 points. At the sound of the halftime buzzer, the Spartans found themselves trailing behind the Raiders, 20-46. The second half showed a slight slow down in Raider scoring, but they still managed to add on 19 points. Union kept fighting throughout the second half, and scored 20 points before the sound of the final buzzer. Although the increase of effort in the second half, the Spartans fell to an overpowering Raider team, 40-65.

Coach Henry, head coach for the Raiders, said, “Tonight we played a really good game. We shot the ball well. Jammarrious Baggett came off the bench and did a wonderful job. Andre Sanky, Justin Thompson and Jordan Thompson all shot the ball really well. We were somewhat well pleased with our efforts tonight to finish the first round of the conference. Now we need to go back to the drawing board and realize it’s going to be difficult to beat these teams twice.”

Leading scorers for the Raiders were Jammarrious Baggett with 14 points, Justin Thompson with 12 points, Quincy Baggett with 10 points,

Head coach for Union, Coach Pope, said, “I’d like to congratulate Coach Henry and Midway. He’s got an outstanding team and he’s doing a great job with them. The first half was a challenge for us tonight, we got down a lot. However, in the second half we played with a lot more intensity and effort, and managed to stay in the ballgame. We continue to struggle scoring, but we’ll get back to work tomorrow to prepare for Friday.”

Leading scorers for Union were Dezmond Faison with 10 points, Jajuan Newkirk with 5 points, Jamar Newkirk with 5 points.

Union will travel to West Bladen Friday night, and Midway will travel to East Bladen Friday night. Both teams will be competing in conference play.

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