Paulick erupts for 31 as UL rolls to 19-0
MORRISTOWN – During the course of producing an undefeated start, the Union Local boys’ basketball team has had many players shine.
Friday night, it was David Paulick’s turn in the spotlight.
The sophomore center poured in a career-high 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds off the bench as the Jets flew past John Marshall, 72-50, for the second time this season before a packed house inside ”The Hangar” on Senior Night.
”That’s what David is capable of doing,” an impressed Jets head coach Ben Porter said. ”He worked extremely hard on the boards and a lot of his buckets came from putbacks and working his butt off and attacking the glass.
”I like his fundamentals.”
Union Local, the state’s top team in The Associated Press Ohio Division III Poll, moved to 19-0 and is three games away from securing an undefeated regular-season. All that stands in its way are two games in the Wheeling Hospital OVAC Boys Tournament next week and a possible make-up game against Indian Creek.
”Basketball is a team sport and you have to have guys who are willing to sacrifice personal glory for the best of the team and I think we have guys like that,” Porter said.
Trenton Tipton, Gavin Porter and Eric Dunfee each added 11 points for the Jets.
”I thought Gavin (who also had six assists) did a nice job taking over the point for Kaleb (McDiffitt). I thought he had a very good floor game, along with Trenton.
”Trenton had quite a few assists (six) off the press break. We had a few turnovers, but I thought overall we did OK.”
McDiffitt missed the game after injuring his knee in Union Local’s victory against Bellaire on Thursday night. Porter said he saw a doctor Friday and is scheduled for an MRI on Sunday.
Union Local broke the game open with a 15-2 run in the third quarter giving the Jets a 52-34 lead as the quarter ended.
Paulick, who had 18 points at halftime, got the surge started with a pair of layups making the score 41-32.
Later, he dropped in a layup courtesy of a behind-the-back pass from Porter that got the UL crowd on its feet and gave UL a 45-34 advantage.
”I thought transition was key during that stretch,” Porter said. ”We had some transition off the press break and we had some nice passes to get some easy buckets. Anytime you can score out of transition and get high-percentage shots is good.”
Tipton followed with a 3-pointer a short time later making the score 48-34. Layups by Paulick and Dunfee capped the run.
”They’re just a good shooting team,” John Marshall head coach Bill Storm said. ”And when you have those big guys inside, that’s a good combination.”
The Monarchs (3-12) did all they could to stay with the Jets early, keeping the deficit under 10 for most of the game until UL’s third-quarter explosion. And they did it with outside shooting.
Tanner Filben paced JM with 17 points. Ronnie Brown canned three 3-pointers to finish with nine.
”I thought we came out and gave them some pretty good pressure,” Storm said.
Storm was pleased with only turning the ball over seven times, but was disappointed only getting to the free throw line four times (3 of 4).
”But I was proud of the kids and the way they played,” he said. ”We did a lot of things right we hadn’t been doing the last couple of weeks. It would be easy to quit when you’ve been taking beatings like we have.”
The Jets also won the jayvee contest, 54-45.
JOHN MARSHALL (50) – Grimm 1 0-0 2; Brown 3 0-0 9; Mason 2 0-0 5; Filben 7 2-2 17; Whorton 4 0-0 8; Henry 0 0-0 0; Sadoski 1 0-0 2; Smith 3 1-2 7. Totals 21 3-4 50. UNION LOCAL (72) – Ware 0 0-0 0; T.Tipton 3 3-4 11; Dunfee 4 0-2 11; Turner 0 0-0 0; Burnheimer 0 0-0 0; Porter 34-4 11; Causby 0 0-0 0; Abboud 0 0-0 0; C.Tipton 1 0-0 2; Paulick 13 5-7 31; McKivitz 1 4-6 6. Totals 25 16-23 72.
3-Point Goals: Brown 3, Mason, Filben; Dunfee 3, T.Tipton 2, Porter.