Leopards edge Spartans

By Anna Moore - Sports Writer

The Union Spartans traveled to the home of the Lakewood Leopards for some Friday night basketball action. After a hard fought battle the Spartans came up short as the Leopards claimed the win, 53-49.

At the beginning of the first quarter it seemed as if the Leopards were going to get a nice lead on the Spartans. Despite the Spartans initial struggle to find the basket they were able to tie the game at the end of the quarter at 11-11.

The Leopards began to slowly take a small lead in the second quarter ending in a 3 point lead at 24-21. The third quarter Lakewood started to extend their lead with the help of Johnnie Owens, who contributed 17 points between the two quarters and 19 overall. He also 5 shots that found the basket from behind the arc. The third quarter ended with a score of 43-31

The Spartans brought back some momentum in the fourth quarter and were able to come within two points of taking the lead from the Leopards. Time ran out for the Spartans who were just unable to catch up and Lakewood took the victory 53-49.

Donta Chavious who had 12 points led the Spartans. Jawawn Newkirk was closely behind with 10 points. Nadir Goodwin, Devin Henry, and Shaquor Newkirk each contributed 7 points.

Spartan head coach, Keagan Warren knew the game was going to be tough and wanted to speak on the Lakewood team. “I want to congratulate Coach Pittman and his team on the win tonight. They came out with a lot of intensity and he has a great program that will have a lot of success.”

Coach Warren was also proud of his team’s performance tonight. “Tonight we came out and we matched Lakewood I thought. I am proud of my guys for a good hard close game from start to finish. We never took anything off and stayed settled and beat the traps but just came up short at the end,” he concluded.

The Leopard head coach, Sylvester Pittman was happy about the win. “We will enjoy this win but my hat is off to Coach Warren and his team, because they fought hard and all night long. Down the stretch we made our final shots to finish off strong and I’m proud of my team for that. We can still improve.”

The Lakewood Leopards will travel into Clinton next Tuesday to face the Dark Horses on December 8th. The Spartans will be back in action before then when they host Princeton Monday.

By Anna Moore

Sports Writer