The Union Spartans hosted the Midway Raiders in their annual Think Pink game to raise awareness for the Kay Yow Foundation. The Spartans also held their senior night that honored 8 graduating seniors from the basketball team. The seniors are Chris Murphy, Christian Boykin, Jawawn Newkirk, Devin Henry, Donta Chavious, John English, Shyquan Brunson, and Samuel Crumper. The Spartans kept it a pretty close game, with the Raiders but just couldn’t take the win, 74-64.
The Raiders got a huge jump out on the Spartans right from the beginning of the first half. The Spartans struggled offensively and defensively to send the ball to the net and prevent the Raiders from scoring. The Raiders had a good gap between them and the Spartans of 19 points by the end of the first half, 28-9.
The Spartans adjusted for the second quarter and were finally able to find the net while being able to slow the Raiders momentum down. The Spartans added 12 points to their score while only allowing Midway to gain 10.
After the half the Spartans continued their stronger play against the Raiders from the second half. However, defensively they were not able to stop the Raiders from making basket after basket leaving them farther behind, 59-37.
The fourth quarter saw a completely different Spartan team. They forced turnovers and pushed up their momentum making them able to add on 27 points for their final score that came just within 10 points of the Raiders, 74-64.
Shyheim Small led the Raiders with 14 points and shooting the most from behind the arc with 4. Dariuss Perez and Marell Bullock followed closely, both adding on 13 points. Paris Smith also contributed 8 points.
Jawawn Newkirk led the Spartans tonight with 18 points and also shot the best from behind the arc with 4. Donta Chavious added 10 points, Samuel Crumpler had 9, and Shaquor Newkirk had 7.
Union head coach, Keagan Warren, was extremely proud of his team tonight. “We got down early and got down a lot but my guys fought back. They did not quit. We got down over 20-25 points and fought back and only lost by 10. These kids just continually fight over and over every night and I wouldn’t trade these kids for anyone in the world. I’m just so proud of the way they played and we will are ready to start conference tournament.”
Midway head coach, Matthew Creech, was proud of his team but also impressed by the Spartans. “I thought we came out especially early on shooting the ball extremely well. I give Union a lot of credit because they came out in the fourth quarter and really battled back and I’m sure Coach Warren is proud of his seniors and the effort they showed tonight in this game.
This game ends Union and Midway’s regular season, and they will prepare for the first round of the conference tournament. Union will travel to Trask on Monday and Midway will head to West Bladen.
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