Patriots pick up first TEC victory at home
The Union County Patriots handed Coach Jesse Moses his first Tri-Eastern Conference win last Friday night at Roy E. Stevens Gymnasium.
The 47-38 victory over Knightstown last Friday night improved the Patriots to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the TEC.
“We played the way we needed to play,” Moses said. “It was a good win.”
Derek Dearth paced the Patriots with three field goals in the first quarter and added another to begin the second.
Trailing, 12-9, the Panthers matched the Patriots bucket-for-bucket in the eight minutes before half time but still trailed, 20-17 when Preston Scott blocked Sam Good’s shot from behind.
When Moses makes substitutions, the player coming out of the game often passes an official on the way. In doing so in the third quarter, Dearth and an official exchanged hi-fives. That was a first for me.
Knightstown out-scored UC (14-12) in the third quarter, which included an uncommon turnover. Ryan Hensley and Scott double-teamed and tied up Olivo at center court, which resulted in a jump ball. The possession arrow favored Knightstown. To keep the ball clear of UC defenders and their jumping ability, the inbound pass was high, a little too high and bounced off the rafters for a one-of-a-kind turnover. UC took possession and Mason Miller went to the hoop for a layup.
Down by one, 32-31, going into the final eight minutes, both teams became more aggressive which led to a technical against the UC bench.
“We showed some resolve tonight in that no matter what happens, the guys go on,” Moses said. “They know if we do what we’re supposed to do, we’re going to be in good shape.”
There were two tie scores in the final six minutes. Scott and Cameron Donovan out-scored Knightstown, 11-2, in that time frame.
“It was good to give Knightstown their first TEC loss,” Moses said. The Panthers dropped to 1-3 and 1-1 in the TEC.
Knightstown senior Jarred Porter was the game’s leading scorer with 14 points. Senior Panther Garrett Thomas had 10 rebounds to lead in that department. Knightstown out-rebounded UC, 32-21.
Union County had balanced scoring from Donovan (11 points), Scott and Miller had nine each and Dearth added eight.
The Patriots host Tri-Eastern Conference opponent Hagerstown on Friday, Dec. 8 and plays at Winchester at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15.
Knightstown 9 17 31 38
Union County 12 20 32 47
KNIGHTSTOWN (1-2, 1-1) Olivo 1-3/4-5, Porter 3-6/6-14, Personette 2-0-5, T.Burton 1-0-2, Thomas 3-1/3-7, Cook 0-0-0, Good 1-0-2, C.Burton 1-0-2, Wiles 1-0-3, Parker 0-0-0. Totals: 12-10/13-38.
UNION COUNTY (2-1, 1-0) Sanford 0-0-0, Scott 3-3/3-9, Donovan 5-3/3-17, Miller 4-1/2-9, Dearth 4-0-8, Rieboldt 0-0-0, Shepler 0-0-0, Weller 0-0-0, Hensley 2-0-4, Hartley 0-0-0, Haas 0-0-0. Totals: 21-5/8-47.
3-pointers-Kn 4 (Porter 2, Personett 1, T.Burton 1)
Rebounds-Kn 31 (Thomas 10, Olivo 8). UC 21 (Miller 5, Donovan 4).
Turnovers-Kn 21. UC 11.
Total Fouls-Kn 10. UC 15.
Technical Fouls-UC bench.
JV Quarter Scores
Knightstown 12 16 22 44
Union County 10 21 38 40
Union County scoring-VanWinkle 7, Alldredge 2, Hornung 2, Bias 3, Fields 12, Webb 5, Paddock 3, Swafford 6.
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