Chargers blow away early Twister leads
Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012 12:00 pm
By KEVIN WEAKS
Union City jumped out to a couple of leads on Westview.
The Chargers made sure there was no third time.
Exploding on a 37-8 run from the middle of the third quarter to late in the fourth, Westview blew past the Golden Tornadoes for a 63-47 win in their game Friday night at Martin.
The win salvaged a split for Westview, which could not get off a good shot with one second remaining in the game and suffering a 37-35 loss in the girls’ opener.
Westview improves to 12-3 in boys’ play and falls to 12-2 on the girls’ side, both losses coming to UC. The two Charger teams began play in the 48th annual Martin Lions Club Christmas Tournament today. The event runs through Saturday.
Westview 63, UC 47 (B)
Union City opened each half with a lead, scoring the first nine points of the game and then getting a basket in transition for a seven-point advantage in the second half, only to see Westview rally both times.
The second rally turned into a scoring blitz as the Chargers simply ran away from the suddenly-overmatched Twisters.
“We have six seniors out there, and I think they just decided it was time,” Westview head coach J.B. Suiter said. “Our guys just started stepping up and attacking the basket, which we should have been doing at the beginning of the game.”
Malik Stockdale scored in transition for a 31-24 Union City lead to open the third period, but the Chargers quickly answered with a 17-4 run to go ahead 41-35 late. Antonio Hogard scored in the lane and then grabbed a steal that Alex Ross turned into a basket with just under two minutes to play.
A Khiry Lewis tip-in at the buzzer got the Tornadoes within 41-37 at the break, but then Westview scored 20 of the next 22 points to put away UC.
Jordan Davis hit a 3-pointer from the right side, scored twice at the line and then hit a basket in the lane to run the lead out to 52-39 at 4:30 to play in the game. Javier Gordon scored a fast break basket and then added a basket in the lane.
After Jazell Baker drove in for a basket, Gordon added another transition basket to put the Chargers ahead 61-39 with 2:31 to play.
Westview gave the visitors a preview of its ability to score in bunches after falling behind 9-0 to start the game by countering with 13 of the next 15 points for a 13-11 lead.
Union City tied the game to close the first period, and then the teams were tied five times in the second period before Stockdale knocked down a triple for a 29-24.
Gordon topped all players with 21 points, while Hogard and Baker each added 11 points. Stockdale had 15 points and Donte Simpson added 11 points for UC.
The Chargers played Jackson Central-Merry this afternoon, the result of that game pitting Westview against either Kenwood or Humboldt 11:30 a.m. or 8:30 p.m. Friday.
The finals will play out on Saturday.
UC 37, Westview 35 (G)
The Lady Chargers fell behind 22-10 early in the second quarter and then spent the rest of the game fighting back, coming up one possession short as Kaley Leyhue’s off-balance shot from the left corner at the buzzer was off target.
“We got the ball in the right spots, but we were just one play short,” Westview head coach Sean Stephenson said. “We had several opportunities, and we hit our free throws (11-of-12), which allowed us to stay in the game.
“Give Union City credit. The shoved us off-balance and bodied us, and it was called like a tournament game. They have a good team. They’re very quick and physical.”
Thanks to three consecutive turnovers by the Lady Tornadoes, Westview began to chip away at the 12-point deficit. Teddy Vincent, who led all players with 14 points, scored four times at the line and then made a strong post move for the Lady Chargers’ only field goal of the second period to get the margin down to four at 22-18.
Jackie Hudson with a steal and layup followed by a good move off the blocks to answer for UC, which led 26-20 after three periods. Hudson led UC with 12 points on the night.
Union City attempted only seven field goals in the second half, making two early in the third period for a 31-25 lead. Kendall Leyhue scored in transition, and then Vincent went between two defenders to get Westview within 31-29 at the end of three periods.
Vincent posted up to give the Lady Chargers a 35-34 lead at 2:05 of the fourth period, Westview’s first lead since 2-0. But, Hudson then put UC back in front after an offensive rebound at 1:23 and followed that with a steal that forced to Westview to foul four times in order to get Union City in the bonus. Kealie Reaves hit once at the line for a 37-35 lead.
UC’s defense then forced WV to call time-out with a second remaining, and Tory Reedy’s defense on Kaley Leyhue resulted in the off-balance shot to end the game.
The Lady Chargers were set to take on Humboldt 7 p.m. tonight, that game’s outcome putting Westview in either the 1 p.m. or 7 p.m. game Friday against Madison Academpic or Tipton-Rosemark. The final round will be Saturday.
UC’s girls are in the Hickman County Above The Rim Tournament this week.
Published in The WCP 12.27.12