Union Local runs record to 6-0

MORRISTOWN – Just another typical night of boys’ high school basketball action in the Buckeye 8.

An over-turned basket ignited a 14-2 Union Local run in the second quarter, but the Jets had to withstand a furious, late rally by Indian Creek for a 52-47 triumph inside “The Hangar” to remain unbeaten in half-a-dozen starts.

Trailing 15-12 early in the second eight minutes, Union Local’s Trenton Tipton fired up a shot from deep on the wing that swished through the nets for what was ruled at-the-time as a two-pointer and a 15-14 Indian Creek lead.

However, after further review and some 30 seconds later, the three referees got together and decided that the basket was indeed a three-pointer, which deadlocked the game at 15-all, much to the dismay of veteran Indian Creek head coach Joe Dunlevy.

It also started a 9-0 run that the Jefferson County quint couldn’t recover from.

“Coming into the game we kind of wanted to slow the tempo down,” Union Local head coach Ben Porter said of playing without starting point guard Kaleb McDiffitt who was injured in last week’s win over Edison. “We changed things up a little bit both on offense and defense.”

That played right into the hand of Dunlevy and his Redskins. However, they struggled from the field to a tune 5-for-21 showing over the middle two periods.

“We just didn’t execute there for a stretch,” Dunlevy said. “We lost the game early in the second quarter. We had the lead early on, but we have to learn to be patient with the ball with the lead. We didn’t do that tonight.”

Sophomore Trenton Tipton accounted for half of Union Local’s points in the first half as they held a 26-17 advantage. Many of his buckets came off assists from Gavin Porter, who was switched to the point from his normal shooting guard slot due to McDiffitt’s absence.

“I thought Gavin had his best game of the season,” Coach Porter allowed. “That just goes to show that basketball isn’t all about scoring points. Fortunately, that’s what gets you recognized a lot, but it’s also about making plays.

“He did a great job of handling the ball as well as distributing it,” Coach Porter acknowledged. “He played well.”

Porter scored 13 points, but also handed out eight assists while charting three assists and blocking a pair of shots. Tipton finished with a game-best 20 markers, while 6-7 Colton McKivitz added a double-double with 13 points and a like number of rebounds.

Indian Creek, to its credit, didn’t give up. The Redskins kept pecking away and eventually got to within three, 50-47, on a Blake Roar bonus goal. That would be it as a pair of free throws by Gavin Porter with 5.9 seconds remaining sealed the deal.

Jonathan Woodbury led Indian Creek with 12 points. Aaron Foldi and Cody Durbin evenly divided 18.

The taller Jets held a commanding, 37-22, advantage off the glass behind McKivitz. Porter also pulled down seven and Tipton five. Johnathan Haught had four rebounds to lead the Redskins.

UL, which travels to Beallsville next Friday, had four more turnovers at 12-8.

The Jets earned the sweep with a win in the preliminary game.

Varsity scoring:

INDIAN CREEK (47) – Foldi 3 2-3 9; Roar 2 0-2 6; Haught 3 0-0 7; Anderson 1 0-0 2; Woodbury 4 1-2 12; Huynh 1 0-0 2; Durbin 4 0-0 9; Totals: 18-46 3-7. UNION LOCAL (52) – C. Tipton 1 0-0 2; Porter 4 4-4 13; T. Tipton 8 0-2 20; Dunfee 0 0-0 0; McKivitz 4 5-9 13; Paulick 1 0-0 2; Causby 1 0-0 2; Totals: 19-40 9-15.

Three-Point Goals: Indian Creek 8 (Foldi, Roar 2, Haught, Woodbury 3, Durbin); Union Local 5 (T. Tipton 4, Porter)

North can be reached at knorth@timesleaderonline.com