UC drops final game of year to the Knights
The No. 4 Knights finished the regular season on Wednesday with a 75-46 win over Union City to end at19-5 overall and 7-0 in the conference.
“That’s really hard to do,” Northeastern coach Brent Ross said of the Knights going 7-0 over the last four seasons and winning championships.
Overall, Northeastern has won 29 conference games in a row and 44 straight against TEC foes, and the senior class of Tyler Smith, Nate Reynolds, Kaleb Mikesell and Harrison Rice completed a perfect 28-0 career in TEC games.
The Knights led 24-13 after one quarter and then they were on top 49-27 by halftime.
“We really emphasized being focused to start the game,” Ross said. “We did a great job of that.”
Smith, an Indiana All-Star candidate, led the Knights with 42 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
“The seniors have had an incredible career,” Ross said. “Tyler was really efficient tonight, having 26 points at halftime.”
Freeman Brou tossed in 11 for Northeastern with 10 rebounds.
“Northeastern is a great team,” Union City coach Bruce Davison said. “They move the ball well and they are hard for us to matchup at the different positions.”
It was the final home game for Union City seniors Aaron Foster, Tyler Thornhill and Isaac Jefferis.
“This is a special night for us,” Davison said. “With senior night, it’s the days and experiences that you have in junior high and high school. The memories will last forever.”
Thornhill led the Indians with 18 points and Jefferis finished with 10.
Northeastern won the JV contest 39-33 with Quantrell Gammon leading the way with 11 points. Cole Mikesell and Blake Hancock finished with 10 each.
For Union City, Cameron Luster had 10 points with Jacob Fulk and Bryten Stewart adding eight points apiece.
Both teams return to action in the sectional semifinals next Friday as they both received byes.
Northeastern meets the winner of Winchester and Hagerstown in the Class 2A sectional hosted by the Tigers. Union City (3-17, 1-6) plays the winner of Union (Modoc) and Randolph Southern in the Class A tourney at Blue River.