The Union Spartans faced off against the West Bladen Knights in a seesaw battle Tuesday night. Even though Union and West Bladen continued to battle for the lead throughout the entire match, the Knights took the victory in the end, 44-38.
The first few minutes of the first quarter, neither team could find the basket. Union broke free first and took an early lead. The Knights were able to come back by the end of the quarter and take back a 5-point lead over the Spartans, 13-8.
West Bladen carried that lead over into the second quarter keeping a similar pace. They kept their 5-point lead over the Spartans but now by a score of 23-18.
After halftime Union set the quart on fire making many consecutive baskets. The Spartans were able to take back the lead, 27-28. However, the Knights were able to stop that momentum in its tracks and take the lead back ending the third by a score of 36-28.
The Spartans made many attempts to catch back up to the Knights but were unable to as the clock ran out. The Spartans were just short 6 points, 44-38.
Donta Chavious led the Spartans with the contribution of 17 points. Jawawn Newkirk added on 9 points and Christian Boykin had 5.
Spartans head coach, Keagan Warren still thought his team did well and sees the improvements that have been made. “Tonight I thought our guys fought very well and came right out of the gate, turning them over some. I’d like to applaud the team for all their efforts. We did a great job boxing out, which is something we have been working on a lot,” he said.
Warren continued to stress the problems that the team fought against during the game and how they dealt with that. “West Bladen does well in defense and gave us problems there, mostly in the first quarter, but we adjusted in the second half and were able to hold them back better and even got on a little run. Overall, I’m happy with the guys and how we’re growing and getting better everyday,” the Spartan coach concluded.
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