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G’field boys push UC to OT

G’field boys push UC to OT

Posted: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 12:02 am
By: Stephanie Sturgis – Weakley County Press Sports Editor

G’field boys push UC to OT

Mid-air collision — Greenfield’s Tyler Jones (left) earned a trip to the free-throw line where he scored seen of his 19 points in the Jackets’ 73-69 overtime loss to Union City on Friday night. Photo by Stephanie Sturgis
The Greenfield Yellowjackets came oh so close to pulling off a big upset before falling, 73-69 in overtime, to the host Union City Golden Tornadoes on Friday night in Union City.
Union City earned a sweep thanks to a 49-39 win by the Lady Twisters.
In the boys game, the Jackets put in one of their best efforts in recent memory, clawing back from a double-digit deficit early in the second quarter thanks to a solid all-around performance from Tyler Jones. The senior guard contributed 13 of his 19 points in the second frame, hitting an open look behind the 3-point line to start things for GHS. He also drove into the paint for points, crashed the boards and came up with key defensive plays. Heath Crouse pitched in six of his 13 points in the quarter as the Jackets pulled to within a deuce at halftime, 39-37.
In the third, Greenfield’s Wes Clark got hot with two of his four 3-pointers. Union City pushed its lead back to six, but Clark didn’t let the Jackets fall too far behind, pouring in a dozen points from all over the court. The senior gave Greenfield its first lead since the opening quarter by penetrating into the paint, spinning away from the defense for a jumper to put GHS up, 52-51, with 46 ticks left to play in the third.
Just before the horn, Jones fouled Tyler Steward, who hit one of three charity shots to send the teams into the fourth tied at 52-all.
Chris Boucher gave UC a lead with a trey and Peyton Mosely pushed it to five with a stickback.
The Jackets refused to fold as Dalton Potts fed Jones for a 3-pointer. A  Clark 3-ball put GHS back on top, 60-59, with 2:47 remaining in regulation.
Union City got two free throws from Antonio Cox and one from Steward to take a 62-60 lead with 1:34 showing on the clock.
Jones missed on a drive, and Russ Smith grabbed the rebound for UC. With 33 ticks in the fourth, Boucher missed the front end of a one-and-one attempt and Graham Perkins snared the rebound for the Jackets.
Clark drilled two freebies to knot the score at 62-all with 28 seconds left.
Steward missed a jumper at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
Heath Crouse opened the extra session with a trey, but Cox answered from behind the 3-point line for UC.
A turnover allowed the hosts to go up on a Steward free throw, but Jones pushed the Jackets back on top with two freebies. Cox reverted the lead back to UC at 69-67 with an old-fashioned 3-point play.
With 1:25 left in OT, Clark drove to the hoop and drew a foul. However, he suffered a cramp after the collision and GHS took a timeout to get him to the free-throw line. He hit both free throws to tie the score.
After the charity shots, GHS head coach Pete Angelos subbed Tony Robinson in for Clark as a defensive switch for his hobbled player.
Cox put UC in front with a drive and a leaner with 32 seconds left to play in OT.
At the 12-second mark, Greenfield used another timeout to get Clark back on the court. After the inbound pass, Clark had the ball but was stripped in a double-team by Cox who drove in for an insurance basket for the Tornadoes.
Clark finished with 26 points to top Greenfield. Cox led all scorers with 33 for Union City, while Steward added 21 points.
In the girls game, Union City used intense pressure fullcourt and on the perimeter to completely disrupt the Lady Jackets’ offense and take a 49-39 win.
Even with that, Greenfield only trailed by a point, 21-20, at the intermission thanks to 11 first-half points from Shameilla McMullen.
The Lady Jackets took the lead to start the third on a layup by Emily Randolph and later in the quarter held a one-point edge on a McMullen bucket.
UC’s Huff took over nailing clutch 3-pointers and free throws as Greenfield fell back to lose 49-39.

Dec. 17 at Union City
Greenfield (39) — Shameilla McMullen 15, Emily Randolph 13, Jordan Galey 9, Emily Allen 2.
Union City (49) — Nisha Huff 18, Jackie Hudson 12, Amber Fair 11, Kierra Davis 4, Britany Parker 4.
3-pointers: Greenfield — Galey; Union City — Huff (3), Fair.
Records: Greenfield 5-4 (2-3 District 14-A), Union City 6-5 (3-2 District 14-A).

Greenfield (69 in OT) — Wes Clark 26, Tyler Jones 19, Heath Crouse 13, Dalton Potts 3, Graham Perkins 2, Hunter Crouse 2, Alex Roberts 2, Tony Robinson 2.
Union City (73 in OT) — Antonio Cox 33, Tyler Steward 21, Peyton Mosely 9, Chris Boucher 6, Russ Smith 4.
3-pointers: Greenfield — Clark (4), Jones (2), He. Crouse (2); Union City — Cox (5), Boucher (2).
Records: Greenfield 4-5 (2-3 District 14-A), Union City 5-7 (4-1 District 14-A).


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