Union places third in region
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 12:00 AM
The Union High School boys basketball team saved the best for the Region 5-2A tournament at Lake last week.
The Yellowjackets qualified for the South State Class 2A tournament and were to visit S.V. Marshall in the first round on Tuesday.
Union started the region tournament with a 68-58 victory of Enterprise. Union would lead 31-27 at the half. They widened that margin to nine points heading into the fourth quarter as they led 48-39 at the break. Enterprise played Union even in the fourth quarter as Union held on for the win. Quinton Campbell led Union with 22 points while Malik Thompson added 16.
The Yellowjackets were seconds from defeating Newton High School in the second game but the ball didn't bounce their way as they lost 66-65. Union outscored Newton 26-19 in the final quarter and led by four points with 23 seconds left. Newton scored a three-point shot, and then, in an unusual turn of events, got a basket in the final seconds. Campbell led with 23 points.
In the consolation game, Union defeated Clarkdale78-58. Trailing 15-14 after the first quarter, the Yellowjackets outscored the Bulldogs 29-13 in the second quarter to go up 43-28 at the half.
Union continued to pull away in the second half. Campbell scored 23 points to lead Union while Thompson added 10 points.
"We played well in the region tournament," Coach Scott Thomas said.
"We are looking forward to playing in the South State tournament."
The Union girls also placed third in the region tournament. They were eliminated Puckett Monday night by the score of 52-43.