Union County boys basketball team opened the new year right with a 51-47 at Morristown on Jan. 4. The non-conference win evens the Pats’ record at 4-4. The loss drops the Yellow Jackets to 1-9.

“We didn’t play very well tonight,” UC coach Alex McCool said. “But we hit a couple of shots there at the end and a couple free throws there to win.”

Keaghan Coyle made a field goal to go ahead, 47-45, in the fourth quarter with four minutes yet to play. Austin Wollyung followed up with a bucket with 1:30 on the clock to keep UC in front, 49-47. Then the Yellow Jackets put UC at the charity stripe twice to close out the UC victory, 51-47.

Union County led by one (15-14) after the first quarter and trailed by one (26-25) at the halftime intermission.

The Pats’ long ball shooters took over after halftime, scoring 12 of the team’s 17 points on 3-point-shots. Wollyung and Ragen Bias made two 3’s each. Reece Watterson was good on one-of-two freebies before Coyle scored a three-point play on a 2-point field goal and free throw. Watterson closed out the quarter with one-of-two at the free throw line.

Both teams cooled off with single digit scoring (9-6) in the final eight minutes.
“We really have to pick it up on the defensive end for out next game (Franklin County). “McCool said. But we’re happy with the win. We’ll take a note from this and keep going.”

Morristown junior Nolan Laster finished with 22 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead all scoring.

Bias, Wollyung and Mason Stewart paced the Patriots in double digits. Bias had 14 points, Wollyung 13 and Stewart 14. Stewart also led the team’s rebounding with 14.

Next opponent
Union County is at Shenandoah on Friday, Jan. 14 and Rushville on Tuesday, Jan. 18.
The Patriots return home on Friday, Jan. 21, to host Tri High and Wednesday, Jan. 26 to host Centerville and Saturday night, Jan. 29 to host Eastern Hancock.
Quarter scores
Union County 15 24 42 51
Morristown 14 26 41 47
UNION COUNTY (4-4) Ragen Bias 4-3/4-14, Keaghan Coyle 3-2/3-8, Austin Wollyung 4-2/2-13, Reece Watterson 0-2/4-2, Mason Stewart 6-2/5-14, Ty Elleman 0-0/2-0, Rhett Hollan 0-0-0, Brad Meadows 0-0-0. Totals: 17-11/21-51.
MORRISTOWN (1-9) Lester 10-4/4-22, Carlton 1-0-3, Stidham 2-2/2-7, Cade 2-0-4, Riley 0-0-0, Wyatt 1-0-2. Totals: 15-6/6-47.
3-pointers-UC 6 (Bias 3, Wollyung 3). M 6 (Lester 4, Carlton, Stidham).
Rebounds-UC 32 (Stewart 14). M 21 (Carlton 4, Stidham 3).
Turnovers-UC 16 M 11.
Total Fouls-UC 7, M 15.
Fouled out-None.
JV Quarter scores
Union County 4 16 26 30
Morristown 4 6 12 15