Last updated: February 08. 2014 8:29AM - 525 Views
by Michala Robinson, Sports Writer

Chris Nash soars for two points. Nash led the Spartans in scoring.
Chris Nash soars for two points. Nash led the Spartans in scoring.
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The Union Spartans hosted the Pender Patriots in a conference match up Friday night. Things got started with the JV teams, who went toe to toe in a tight game. In the end, it was the young Spartans who came out with the victory, 53-46.

Pender jumped out with 13 points in the first, and Union trailed behind with 6 points. However, the game began to heat up in the second, with both teams finding the basket more frequently. At the sound of the halftime buzzer, Pender was ahead, 25-20. After a trip to the locker room, the Spartans came back to the court fired up, leading to an addition of 17 points to their score. The Patriots were down 36-37 as the third quarter ended. Powering through in the fourth, the JV Spartans pushed pass the Patriots to win the ballgame, 53-46.

Leading scorers for Union were Chris Nash and CJ Thornton with 14 points each. They were assisted by Donovan Hayes with 8 points and Nadier Goodwin with 6 points.

Spartan Head Coach Bryant Register said, “First off I want to congratulate Pender on a great game tonight. This is such a huge win for us being we’ve been struggling lately, We switched things up tonight and went with a different line up hoping for a spark. It didn’t start off too well, but I’m so proud of this team for the way they battled tonight. We made a big run at them in the third to put us ahead and made some big free-throws in the fourth to hold on to that lead. Tonight was an overall great win for us.”

Union will travel to Wallace Saturday for a make up conference game.

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