Valley Sports Report
UNION SPRINGS - After a slow start, Union Springs put together three strong quarters to post a 60-51 win over Tioga here Friday night in IAC Small School boys basketball action.
"Our struggle tonight was our transition defense," said Tioga coach Brian Card. "We played well in the halfcourt, but our ability to get back and communicate and pick up is something we will be drilling these next few weeks.
"Our shots didn't fall tonight either," noted Card. "We had a lot of open looks that just didn't go in.
"I have to credit Union Springs though," added Card. "They came to play on the defensive side of the ball and got a lot of deflections and a lot of loose balls. They played hard and just made a few more shots than we did tonight."
Senior Pierce Hendershot scored four points in the first quarter, and junior Sam Taylor knocked down a trio of free throws after being fouled while taking a 3-pointer to help Tioga to an 11-9 lead after the first eight minutes.
Zach Nickerson knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and scored eight points in the second quarter, and Kyle Bailey added five points, including a trey, to offset 3-pointers by Tioga senior Lucas Klossner and Taylor as the Wolves rallied to take a 26-23 lead at the half.
Nickerson canned two more 3-pointers and scored eight points in the third quarter, but Hendershot scored nine points and senior Derrick Barto canned a 3-pointer to keep Tioga within five points, at 42-37, entering the final eight minutes.
Davonte Love scored nine points in the fourth quarter, including a four-point play, to help the Wolves seal the win, despite two 3-pointers by Taylor.
Hendershot led Tioga with 17 points, while Taylor added 14 points, Barto and Klossner scored seven points apiece, and junior Thomas Cook chipped in with four points.
Nickerson pumped in 25 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead Union Springs, and Love added 13 points.
Tioga, now 6-7, travels to Candor Tuesday.
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