The Union Spartans hosted the 7th Annual Martin Luther King Jam Fest today. The action started at 10:30 a.m. when Union took on Coastal Christian Academy. Many teams from across the state traveled to participate, including schools such as Laney, Triton, Westover, and Hoke County. The day saw 7 games featuring 14 teams, with the last starting at 7:30. Union lost their game against Coastal Christian, 33-47.
The first half of the game was evenly matched between the two teams. Neither team could clearly take the lead because of the seesaw battle on the court. By the end of the first quarter the Spartans only trailed by one point, 11-12. A similar score reflected at the end of the second quarter 20-21, when again the Spartans only fell behind by a single point.
However a newly adjusted Coastal Christian team entered back onto the court for the third quarter. They were able to get more shots to the net and also defensively keep the Spartans at a disadvantage. This allowed them to slowly take the lead and start to pull ahead in the game. Coastal Christians had a 12 point lead on Union at the end of the third quarter.
The Union Spartans were unable to make the adjustments needed to get back into the game entering the fourth quarter as Coastal Christian continued to creep ahead. The extra points were what Coastal Christian needed to take a nice win over the Spartans, 47-33.
The Spartans were led by Devin Henry and Samuel Crumpler who both contributed 6 points. Donta Chavious and Shaquor Newkirk both added 5 points and Shyquan Brunson and Warren Gay both had 3.
Union head coach, Keagan Warren, commented on the game his team played today and rest of the season. “Overall we came out and played very well in the first half and only trailed by one. Coastal Christian made some adjustments at halftime and put a little more pressure on the ball and we could not get anything going in the second half. Still, the effort was there from my team, were getting better, and were looking forward to finishing the back-end of the season.”
Even suffering a loss the Union team says they were glad to host today’s events and hope everyone had a great time. On Wednesday the Spartans will get back into some conference action when they travel to take on the Midway Raiders.
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