The last time Union County and Knightstown met on the basketball court, the Patriots defeated the Panthers, 58-55 in overtime. A year later with new head coaches and new rosters, Union County beat the Panthers, 48-37, in regulation time. 

“We played a very good, disciplined game,” UC coach Alex McCool said. “It’s always good to get a TEC win.”
Tie scores and 3-point shooting kept fans on the edge of their seats in the first quarter. 

Patriot Luke Paddock and Aaron Reagan battled from beyond the 3-point arc with a combined total of five threes in the first eight minutes. Paddock’s three consecutive treys to start was the beginning of his game-high 15 points. Reagan’s pair of 3-pointers netted an early 7-7 tie score and lifted the Panthers to a 15-14 lead late in the period. UC lead by one, 16-15, on Alex Van Winkle’s first bucket in the game.

Tate Swafford’s eye for the basket in the second period included trading 3-pointers with Reagan and lead UC to a 25-22 lead at halftime.
Knightstown picked up the pace after the intermission to out-score UC, 9-5 and end the quarter in a 31-31 tie score.

With eight minutes remaining, Paddock’s 3-point shot returned. Trailing, 34-32, the UC Junior pumped one from the corner to lift the Pats up, 35-34. Van-Winkle’s rebound and put back extended the lead to 37-34. Paddock nailed another trey with 2:35 remaining in the game. 

Knightstown put the Patriots at the free throw line five times down the stretch and made 8-of-10 freebies. Chase Burton closed out the Panthers’ offense with a 3-pointer, but it was too little too late. Union County picked up a 48-37 Tri-Eastern Conference win in their first TEC test of the season.

“We played well as a team down the stretch and stayed  composed,” McCool said. 

Paddock led all scorers with 15 points - all 3-point field goals. 

 “When he gets hot, he gets hot,” McCool said. “He got 5 threes tonight  and the one with 2-1/2 mins to go was a big shot. It got us back and were able to close out at the free throw line.”

Next opponent
The Patriots welcome TEC opponent Hagerstown to Roy E. Stevens Gymnasium this Friday, Dec. 13. 
The following week, UC goes to Randolph Southern on Tuesday, Dec. 17, for a non-conference game.

Quarter scores
Knightstown       15   22   31   37
Union County     16   25   31   48

Knightstown (1-1) Reagan 4-0-11, Burton 4-0-9, Porter 2-0/1-4, Lukens 2-00/3-4, Fort 2-2/4-6, Craft 1-0-3, Good 0-0-0. Totals: 15-2/8-37.
Union County (1-2) Paddock 5-0-15, Panceri 0-1/2-1, VanWinkle 4-0-8, Alldredge 1-3/4-6, Hill 0-1/2-1, Coyle 0-0-0, Bias 2-0-4, Swafford 3-3/4-10. Totals: 14-5/8-48. 

3-pointers-Kn 5 (Reagan 3, Burton, Craft). UC 6 (Paddock 5, Swafford).    
Rebounds-Kn 26 (Porter 7, Fort 7). UC 28 (Bias 8, Alldredge 5). 
Turnovers-Kn 14. UC 10. 
Total Fouls-Kn 16. UC 12. 
Fouled out-Lukens.

JV Quarter scores
Knightstown      14   17   30   40
Union County       3   14   21   36
UC Scoring: R.Bias 13, Wollyung 7, T.Swafford 12, Whitsell 3. Totals: 12-7/12-36.