Ride ends for Dresden

Ride ends for Dresden

Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 12:02 am
By: Kenneth Coker — Special to The Weakley County Press

Ride ends for Dresden

Twister encounter — Dresden senior Daniel Harris (left) finds a Union City Tornado in his path on the way to the basket in the Lions’ season-ending loss Friday night. Photo by Kenneth Coker
Thanks for the ride.
To paraphrase, that was the sentiment of Dresden boys’ coach Tommy Dilday following his team’s season-ending 66-53 defeat to Union City in the Region 7-A Tournament quarterfinals on Friday evening in Dresden.
Dilday said the memories of the Lions claiming their first district championship in 21 years will forever be fond.
“I appreciate them taking me along,” Dilday said after his team was knocked out of the postseason. “After time heals the pain of this loss, the memories I have from this season will be enjoyable.
“This senior group leaves big shoes to fill and they’ve all been a big part of the program, though, it doesn’t show in the box score every night.”
Dresden senior Daniel Harris certainly showed up in the scoring summary on Friday night as he poured in a game-high 28 points — 18 of which came before intermission.
“Daniel’s not the type of player that you replace,” Dilday told. “He’s the type of player that you try to move on without.”
After a seesaw battle through the first two and a half quarters that saw six lead changes and three ties, the Twisters (15-18) began to pull away in the fourth quarter.
All totaled in the final frame, UC held the Lions (23-8) to just 11 free throws as the host team shot zero percent from the field.
Meanwhile, Union City’s Antonio Cox had a heroic stretch during the fourth canto as he scored seven straight points for his team.
Included during that span was a desperation deuce that fell after the UC senior had run out of steps and was forced to take to the air and throw up an awkward looking shot, a trifecta and an easy bucket after a steal.
Cox could have possibly had an eighth straight point if not for a leg cramp as he was fouled on the final hoop. Chris Boucher came on in his relief and sank the freebie to put the Twisters up by eight 57-49.
From that point on, the Golden Tornadoes did their job, hitting 9-of-10 charity tosses in the final 2:11 to claim the triumph.
Dresden was ahead 17-14 after one quarter and up by as many as five points in the first quarter. The contest was tied at 32 when the intermission buzzer sounded.
Cox finished with a team-best 18 points for Union City, while Mosley pitched in 15 from the inside and fellow post Smith added a dozen.
Steward was a point shy of twin figures with nine.
Tyler McPeak had eight for the Lions, while Jacob Vallee added seven.
The game was the final in a Dresden basketball jersey for Harris, Vallee, Kody Houston, Dale Hutcherson, Tyler Hawks and Matt Beaty.
• Editor’s note: Kenneth Coker is a sports reporter at The Union City Daily Messenger and can be contacted by e-mail at kcoker@ucmessenger.com.

Region 7-A Tournament
Quarterfinal
Feb. 25 at Dresden
BOYS
Union City (66) — Antonio Cox 18, Peyton Mosley 15, Russ Smith 12, Steward 9, Boucher 4, Burnside 4, Dickerson 4.
Dresden (53) — Daniel Harris 28, McPeak 8, Vallee 7, Hatchel 5, Hawks 2, Beaty 2, Ka. Houston 1.
3-pointers: Union City — Cox (3), Boucher; Dresden —  Harris (3), Hatchell.
Records: Union City 15-18, Dresden 23-8.

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