East Central handed  Union County a 66-45 setback last week at Roy E. Stevens Gymnasium.

“They were a bigger team and more physical and you have to be able to match that sometimes,” UC coach Alex McCool said. “We had better ball movement but still had times when we were forcing it.”

Three-pointers put the Pats up, 6-4, to start, but the Trojans countered. 

Alex VanWinkle and Tate Swafford were the first to score from behind the three-point line. EC’s John Hotel and Luke Collinsworth rattled the net with long balls to put the Trojans on the road to an 18-11 first quarter edge.

UC came back after the break to narrow the gap to four twice (20-16, 25-21),  courtesy of a pair of Luke Paddock treys. Then, Hayden Alldredge scored from long range to put the Pats within three, 27-24. EC came back with seven straight points to lead by 10, 34-24 at the halftime intermission.
“We moved the ball pretty good, took good shots,” UC’s McCool said. “But didn’t hit a lot of them in the second half.”

EC opened the third quarter with a 9-2 run and wrapped it up out in front, 56-35.

“Interesting game there for a little bit. Did pretty good job keeping big guy in check,” McCool said. “He (Collinsworth) has a good shot and hits inside and out. He’s a good player.”

Collinsworth was a handful at 6’6”, 295 lbs. The junior center finished with 12 points (including two 3-point field goals) and six rebounds. Classmate Logan Rohrbacher was a bigger handful. The EC shooting guard scored 30 points on 12 field goals (including 2 treys) and 4-of-6 from the free throw line.

Union County was led by Luke Paddock’s 11 points. Alldredge and Keaghan Coyle had four rebounds each.
 
The Pats’ final game of the season is at home on Friday, Feb. 28, with Batesville visiting.

Quarter scores
East Central      18   34   56   66
Union County    11   24   37   45 
 
East Central (14-7) Knecht 2-0-5, Messmore 1-0-2, Hotel 1-1/2-3, Rohrbecher 12-4/6-30, Collinsworth 4-2/4-12, Dennis 3-0-6, Grove 1-0/2-2, Gaines 1-0-2, Rinear 0-1/2-1, Mergenthal 1-0-2. Totals: 25-8/15-66.

UNION COUNTY (5-15) VanWinkle 2-0/1-5, J.Bias 1-0-2, Coyle 2-0-4, Swafford 3-1/2-8, Alldredge 2-0-5, Paddock 4-0-11, Panceri 1-0-3, R.Bias 3-0/1-7, Wollyung 0-0-0. Totals: 18-1/4-45.

3-pointers-EC 5 (Knecht, Rohrbecher 2, Collinsworth 2). UC 8 (VanWinkle, Swafford, Alldredge, Paddock 3, Panceri, R.Bias).    
Rebounds-EC 30 (Rohrbacher 6, Collinsworth 6). UC 20 (Alldredge 4, Coyle 4).   
Turnovers-EC 12. UC 15. 
Total Fouls-EC 10. UC 10.
Fouled out-None. 

JV quarter scores
East Central       12   24   41   57
Union County     10   15   19   21
UC scoring: Elleman 2, Bias 8, Lee 4, Wollyung 3, Hall 2. Totals: 6-5/7-21.