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Indians lose to Bears in county tourney opener

Indians lose to Bears in county tourney opener
Written By Clinton Randall of Bluebag Media---UNION CITY, Ind. – The Union City Jr/Sr High School is hosting the 2016-17 Randolph County Basketball Tournament this week. The annual tournament is held over four days with bracket play by varsity boys and girls teams from Monroe Central, Randolph Southern, Union, Union City and Winchester.

To kick off this year’s tournament play, the Union City Indians squared-off against the favored Golden Bears of Monroe Central Wednesday evening.

The Indians were dominated on both sides of the ball for most the first half, scoring just four points in each quarter of play and trailing the Bears 26-8 at the break.

“Obviously our Achilles heal this year has been the defensive end of the floor. We have stressed defense wins championships repeatedly, and in the meantime offense has taken care of itself,” said Union City head coach David Barger. “We needed to control pace and execute our offense and we just never got in sync in the first half. At halftime we stressed execution and talked about chipping away at the lead.”

Even with a 18-point deficit coming out of the locker room, the Indians did not give up. They kept the score tight in the third quarter, only being outscored 10-8. Though the final score went in favor of the Bears (51-32), the Indians prevailed in the final period of play 16-15.

“Give credit to these kids for battling all four quarters. We could easily have rolled over, but they continued to try to rally. Our first half deficit was too much to overcome against a very good Monroe Central team,” added Coach Barger. “The positives we take away are that we defended well against a high octane offense and we have another chance to get them again next Friday at their place.”

The Indians were led in scoring by seniors Tyler Thornhill with 15 and Aaron Foster with nine points.

Union City will look to get a little revenge next Friday, Jan. 13 as they travel to Monroe Central for a re-match with the Bears. The Lady Indians will play their first game of tournament Friday evening against Winchester, tip is scheduled for 6 p.m. at UCHS.

UNION CITY (32), MONROE CENTRAL (51)

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