Union basketball teams split couple
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 12:00 AM
Union boys coach Scott Thomas said his 2012-2013 boys basketball team is coming together now that they have all of their players in uniform.
Several of the Union players played football and did not join the team until last week.
"It's going to take a little while," Thomas said. "We will use the next few games to get us ready for our district schedule."
The Yellowjackets split a pair of games last week. They defeated Philadelphia 60-52, and then dropped a 64-49 decision to Neshoba Central on Saturday night.
"I really wasn't happy with the way we played in the Neshoba Central game," Thomas said. "I felt like we got outhustled. We are going to have to pick up the tempo and play harder."
Union carried a 30-23 lead into the halftime against Philadelphia. Union outscored Philadelphia 16-7 in the third quarter and held on for the victory. Tre Bogan scored 20 points to lead Union while Adrien Campbell and Carmein Brown both scored 14 points.
Trailing 30-21 at the half, Union battled back to tie the game at 32-32 with 3:57 left in the third quarter. But from that point, the Rockets outscored the Yellowjackets 32-17 and claimed the win. Campbell led the Yellowjackets with 13 points while J.D. Talley added 11 points.
The Yellowjackets now stand at 1-2.
The Union girls stand at 2-2 after their 51-29 loss to Neshoba Central. Earlier in the week, the Lady Yellowjackets defeated Philadelphia High School 45-42. The Lady Yellowjackets trailed 19-16 at the half but came back in the second half to outscore Philadelphia 29-23.
Neshoba Central's defense was just too tough for Union on handle on Saturday night. The Lady Rockets went up 23-12 at the half and outscored the Lady Yellowjackets 20-2 in the third quarter to put the game away.
Kia Rogers and Aaliyah Cleveland both led the Lady Yellowjackets with six points.
"I'm not happy with the way we played," Union coach Tyler Sparks said. "We have plenty of things to work on."
Union will be off for the Thanksgiving holidays. They return to action next Tuesday when they host Leake Central.