The Union Spartans men’s basketball team made it to the championship game of the North Johnston Christmas tournament on Thursday, but fell big to the Durham School of Arts, 78-48.
They played well, but a lackluster first half really put them behind early and they weren’t able to recover from the huge deficit.
The opening quarter was pretty close to even on the offensive front with Durham only holding a small two-point lead by the end of it. Going for 13, the Spartans kept up with them throughout the period, tallying 11 to be behind by a slim margin.
The second quarter is when things began to crumble for Union with them falling apart on both offense and defense. Not even breaking double digits they were only able to turn out seven points going into the break. Meanwhile, the defense could do nothing to stop Durham. At the end of two, Union was trailing by a good margin, 35-18.
They woke up in the third showing signs of life outplaying the Bulldogs 16-15 during the period.
What little momentum they build was dashed in the fourth when the Bulldogs had its biggest offensive output of the day. They chewed off another 24 points as the Spartans just couldn’t find a way to repeat what happened in the third only adding 14 to end it going down by 30.
Derrick Smith continues to be the leader of the Spartan offense as he led all scoring in the game, amassing 19 points. Tyler Murphy went for 12.
Union drops to 3-6 on the season and 2-1 in conference. They’re back in action on Thursday when they travel to face Heide Trask.
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