Union clinches playoff berth with victory
Union (67) Vs. Western Beaver (64)
The Union High boys basketball team is postseason-bound.

The Scotties clinched a berth in the WPIAL playoffs with a Section 1-A victory against visiting Western Beaver, 67-64.

“That was one of our goals this season,” Union coach Dave Smialowski said. “There is a lot more work to be done. These kids aren’t satisfied yet.”

In the first meeting between the two teams earlier in the season, the Scotties (5-2 section, 14-3 overall) upended the Golden Beavers, 86-59. This time, the road to victory was tougher, as Union led by just three points heading into the fourth quarter. Western Beaver’s Nick Miller kept his team in the game with 25 points.

“He is one of the better players in Class A. They bothered us a little bit on our defense. It was a hard fought game,” Smialowski said. “Joe Salmen did a nice job on him, in the fourth quarter especially. Miller is a double-threat player. Our kids took it personal and guarded him hard.”

Salmen finished with 11 points for the winners. Benjamin Young was Union’s leading scoring with 23 points. He was followed by Markel Peace’s 22-point effort, which included three 3-pointers.

“They were in a bit of a zone shooting the ball,” Smialowski said. “I thought Young did a good job at penetrating to the basket.”

Brandon Sheeler notched 16 points for Western Beaver (3-4, 6-11). John Petrosky was next with 12.

Game Scoreboard
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT SCORE
Union 21 19 11 16 0 67
Western Beaver 13 20 15 16 0 64
Box Scores
WESTERN BEAVER (64)
John Petrosky 4 3-4 12
Ed Doyle 1 0-0 2
Zach Perry 3 1-2 7
Brandon Sheeler 6 0-0 16
Cody Acon 0 0-0 0
Steve Robinson 1 0-0 2
Nick Miller 9 4-4 25.
Totals: 24 8-10 64.

UNION (67)
Markel Peace 9 1-3 22
Joe Salmen 3 4-4 11
Tre Major 3 1-2 8
Drew Robinson 1 0-0 2
Benjamin Young 9 3-5 23
Wayne Seamans 0 0-0 0
John Hilke 0 1-2 1
Clifford Clark 0 0-0 0.
Totals: 25 10-16 67.

WESTERN BEAVER 13 20 15 16 — 64
UNION 21 19 11 16 — 67
3-point goals — Western Beaver 8 (Petrosky 1, Sheeler 4, Miller 3); Union 7 (Salmen 1, Major 1, Peace 3, Young 2).

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