Union boys get first win
Union (55) Vs. Saegertown (52)
Dec 20, 2013
The host Scotties earned that elusive first victory of the season in the nonsection battle after suffering through six-straight road losses to start the season.

“It always feels good to get a win,” Union coach Dave Smialowski said. “The kids were excited. They finally got that first win. We’re always talking about learning how to win and hopefully, this is the first step in that direction. The kids have been battling and playing hard.”

Union (1-6) jumped out to a 24-11 lead in the first quarter and watched it dwindle to a nine-point cushion entering the final period.

The Scotties missed 5 of 7 from the foul line in the fourth quarter to allow the Class AA Panthers (0-6) to get within striking distance.

“We gutted it out,” Smialowski said. “Saegertown battled back and we were 2 for 7 from the line in the fourth quarter to let them close the gap, but we were able to hang on for the win.

“Our decision-making processes have to get better. We’re green and we’re getting better there. We just need to make better decisions over the course of a 32-minute game.”

Jacob Jendrysik drained four 3-pointers to finish with 12 points, while Benjamin Young recorded a game-high 16. Jullian Johnson also reached double figures with 11.

“We started out strong,” Smialowski said. “This was our first home game, so the kids were pumped and we came out hot. We were moving the ball really well. Jake hit three three’s and Ben had 11 in the first quarter.

“(Jendrysik) can really shoot the ball for us. That’s his specialty. When he’s hitting shots, that takes a lot of pressure off Ben and opens a lot of avenues for him to drive to the basket. Those 12 points were definitely big for us.”
Nightly Roundup
Game Scoreboard
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT SCORE
Union 24 10 16 5 0 55
Saegertown 11 12 18 11 0 52
Box Scores
SAEGERTOWN (52)
Mitchell Wood 6 2-3 16
Tyler Walters 1 0-0 2
Drew Durasa 1 1-2 3
Lucas Smith 1 0-2 2
Allen McGill 0 2-2 2
Dakota Long 1 0-0 3
Kyle Wise 2 1-2 5
Scott Sada 6 3-3 16
Garrett Johnston 1 0-0 3.
Totals: 19 9-14 52.

UNION (55)
Anthony Rush 0 0-0 0
Garrison Bell 1 0-3 2
Cornell Charles 2 0-0 4
Jacob Jendrysik 4 0-0 12
Malik Williams 1 0-0 2
Austin Burk 0 0-0 0
Jullian Johnson 4 3-6 11
Clarence Parchman 2 0-0 4
Benjamin Young 8 3-5 20
Ryan Egbert 0 0-0 0.
Totals: 22 6-14 55.
SAEGERTOWN 11 12 18 11 — 52
UNION 24 10 16 5 — 55
3-point goals — Saegertown 5 (Wood 2, Long 1, Sada 1, Johnston 1), Union 5 (Jendrysik 4, Young 1).
There was no JV game.
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