The Union County boys basketball team suffered another cancellation last Friday when the game with Shenandoah game was cancelled mid-afternoon.

But before one game was marked off the calendar, athletic director Ryan Overholt had another one scheduled. Overholt sent e-mails announcing that the boys basketball team would play Speedway at noon the following day (Saturday).

Speedway? They are the Speedway Sparkplugs with a lot of spark.
Speedway’s speed and action won the JV game, 41-25, and the varsity game, 53-25.

“We were not ready to play when we got on the court,” UC coach Alex McCool said. “Defensively, we talked about identifying where their shooters are – we fell asleep.”

The Sparkplugs made 11 field goals and a free throw before the Patriots scored. UC was scoreless in the first quarter (17-0) and another three minutes into the second quarter. The halftime score was 37-7.

“We didn’t get a lot of shots tonight - they are so quick,” McCool said. “Our offense looked a little better in the second half. We moved the ball a little better, quicker.”

A pair of Sparkplugs finished in double figures – junior Nate Matelic had 13 points and senior Reis Walker had 12 points and four rebounds. Speedway out-rebounded the Patriots, 27-21.

Union County scoring leaders were Keaghan Coyle’s five points and Ragen Bias and Ty Elleman both with four points.

“We still got to do a better job overall to be ready for Rushville,” McCool said.

TEC game Friday

After Tuesday’s game at Rushville, UC hosts the Tri-High Titans this Friday, Jan. 21 and Eastern Hancock Saturday, Jan. 29.

Quarter scores
Union County 0 7 13 25
Speedway 17 37 47 53
UNION COUNTY (4-6) Ty Elleman 2-0-4, Keaghan Coyle 2-1/2-5, Ragen Bias 2-0-4, Austin Wollyung 0-1/2-1, Reece Watterson 1-0-2, Mason Stewart 0-1/4-1, Grady Swafford 1-0-2, Brad Meadows 2-0-4, Logan Boone 0-0-0, Gavin Davis 1-0-2. Totals: 11-3/8-25.
SPEEDWAY (4-6) Matelic 5-1/2-13, Walker 5-2/2-12, Ca.Bennett 3-0-9, Smith 2-0-4, Short 2-0/2-6. Owens 0-0-0, Givens 0-0-0, Smith 1-0-3, Cr.Bennett 1-0-2, Cornelius 1-0-2, Watson 1-0-2. Totals: 21-3/6-53.
3-pointers-UC 0. S 11 (Matelic 2, Walker 5, Ca.Bennett 3, Short 3, Owen).
Rebounds-UC 21 (Coyle 3, Elleman 2, Bias 2, Stewart2). S 27 (Walker 4, Owen 3, Cornelius 3).
Turnovers-UC 16. S 10.
Total Fouls-UC 5. S 10.
Fouled out-None.
JV Quarter scores
Union County 5 9 12 25
Speedway 6 18 29 41
UC scoring Logan Boone 7, Gavin Davis 2, Dominic Smith 2, Brad Meadows 11, Stubeda 2, Taylor 0, Hounchel 0. Totals: 9-3/8-25.