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Union shows shooting touch in 76-58 win over J.I. Burton

Kevin Mays • Jan 13, 2019 at 2:01 AM

BIG STONE GAP — Saturday night’s basketball game between the Union and J.I. Burton boys was a contest of scoring runs.

Union got the last and biggest run to take a 76-58 nondistrict win.

“Every time they would make a run, it just seems like we would make more shots,” said Bears coach Zack Moore. “I think the big thing is we got good shots. If you’re taking bad shots and they’re going, that’s just fool’s gold. But we got good shots and they were going in and I’m happy for our guys.”

QUICK START

Union (5-8) jumped out to a quick lead and held it through the first quarter.

The Bears led 30-22 halfway 2:30 into the second quarter before Burton (9-4) used a 12-2 run to take a 34-32 advantage with 2:45 to play in opening half.

The lead was short-lived.

Noah Garrison hit a 3-point shot on the Bears’ next possession to put them back out front.

Garrison’s basket also triggered a 10-2 Union run over the final 2:24 of the second quarter that staked the Bears to a 42-36 halftime lead.

ONE MORE RUN

The teams swapped baskets in the third during which Union upped its advantage to 57-47 by the end of the period.

The Bears then put away the game in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter by going on a 13-2 run for a decisive 70-49 lead.

“They earned it. They really did. They just made shots,” said Burton coach Aaron Williams. “We thought we had good depth going in to the game and we really tried to speed it up a little bit. But they came down and knocked down shots and you’ve got to give them credit.”

The Raiders kept pace for the first three quarters but could not close the gap enough.

“Every time we got close, they just made shots when they needed to,” Williams said.

BALANCING ACT

Union, sporting an eight-player roster, finished with four players in double-figure scoring, led by Noah Garrison and Alex Rasnick with 18 points apiece. Andy Jones added 15 and Justin Falin finished with 13.

“That’s balance. You can’t really key on one guy. If we’ve got four guys in double figures then it just makes our team so much better,” Moore said.

Burton got 19 points from Houston Thacker and 17 from Caleb Williams.

UP NEXT

Both teams are back in action and on the road Tuesday.

Union gets back into Mountain 7 play with a key contest at John Battle, and Burton travels to Holston for another nondistrict game.

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