Union hands rival Elgin loss

By Observer staff January 08, 2013 07:51 am

Unionís Brazen Wellington goes for a layup against Elgin Friday. BRAD MOSHER/The Observer
Unionís Brazen Wellington goes for a layup against Elgin Friday. BRAD MOSHER/The Observer

UNION — Elgin scored first Friday.

After that, it was Union that burned the net on the way to a 68-42 triumph as both boys basketball teams resumed Blue Mountain Conference play. 

The Bobcats jumped out to a 10-2 lead before the visiting Huskies could score again in the first quarter. By the end of the first period, Elgin had closed the gap to 20-12.

That would be as close as they would get for the rest of the game.

Union started the second quarter with an 11-1 scoring run that opened a 31-13 lead before the Huskies would score another field goal. By halftime, the Bobcats had a 39-19 lead.

In the third quarter, Union kept up the pressure, hitting three three-pointers along the way for a 60-34 lead.

With most of the Union starters on the bench, Elgin was able to stop the Union lead by matching the Bobcats’ eight points in the final eight minutes.

It was in three-point baskets where the Bobcats blew the game open — getting 30 of their 68 points from long distance. Elgin had just two three-pointers.

Union’s Kody Vanderzander hit seven in the first three quarters of the game. 

He was the game’s high scorer with 23 points — and only two points came from inside the arc.

Brazen Wellington added 13 points for the Bobcats with Ty Coon and Kaleb Poor finishing with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Kenneth Sipp put in four while both J.D. Graves and Chris Ross scored two.

The Huskies were led by D.J. Lizotte’s 11 points, while Jake Burgess and Curtis Little each added nine. Steven Howes finished the game with seven points, while Carson Reid and Gavin Christenson each put in two points.

Both teams struggled at the free throw line, with Union getting three points in eight tries (37 percent). 

The visiting Huskies were even colder, hitting just 22 percent from the line (4 of 18).

The loss kept the Huskies winless in BMC play with an 0-4 record after Friday’s game, while the win improved Union to 2-2 in league play.

Union 71, Enterprise 63 OT

ENTERPRISE — The Bobcats kept their momentum rolling Saturday against Enterprise, pulling out a 71-63 victory in overtime.

The game was tied at 60-all after regulation, but Union outscored the Outlaws 11-3 in the extra session to pull out the win.

Coon finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds, while Wellington had 21 points and 17 rebounds.

Vanderzanden also had a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards.

Damon Greenshields led Enterprise with 30 points, while Kadon Lathrop had 13.

Blu Risseeuw added eight.

“It was a hard-fought battle,” Union coach Brett Dunten said.

“The boys fought hard and never hung their head.”

Union (6-6, 3-2) has a big week ahead, with a trip to Weston-McEwen (8-6, 3-3) Tuesday.