Indians tame Tigers in cross-state battle
Both teams were evenly matched during the first half, with the Indians holding onto a 32-31 point lead heading into the locker room.
The Indians continued to spread the ball around again in the second half – drawing key fouls inside the paint – and defensively holding the Tigers to just eight points in the third quarter.
Despite a big scoring performance by Ansonia sophomore Devyn Sink, the Tigers were unable to stop the Indians’ relentless drive to the basket.
Union City came away with a 65-55 win and recorded their second victory of the season under new varsity head coach David Barger.
“We took a lot of pride in preparing for Ansonia,” said Coach Barger. “We were able to pound the ball inside and get (Trevor) Thompson some touches and that really opening everything else up for us.”
“I give them all the credit…they played really well and beat us plain and simple,” said Ansonia head coach Chad Cramer. “They were just better than us tonight.”
“To be able to coach against Chad Cramer, someone who was coaching when I was playing, was special for me,” Barger noted. “He has had such a good career and I look up to guys like that…so was a great win on a personal note.”
Union City was led in scoring by Tyler Thornhill with 18, Trevor Thompson with 17 and Isaac Jefferis with 15 points. Ansonia’s Devyn Sink led all scores with a game high 26 points.
Union City (2-9) will travel to Lincoln High School for a Tri-Eastern Conference showdown on Friday. Ansonia (6-7) will look to rebound as they host National Trail in Cross County Conference play on Friday.
INDIANS 65, TIGERS 55
UC – 14-18-15-18 (65)
AN – 15-16-8-16 (55)