Holding just a slight edge at halftime, Union Grove pulled away from Mount Zion in the third quarter on the way to a 55-43 victory road victory Monday.
Kyle McRae scored 12 points, Caleb Ham added 11 and Ronald Slaughter finished with 10 for the Wolverines, who improved to 8-2 overall and 4-2 in sub region 4A-AAAAA.
Following a half filled with turnovers and missed layups resulting in just a two-point lead, Union Grove used a 17-4 run in the third to take control of the game. The Wolverines had six players score during the burst.
“It was a total team effort,” Union Grove boys’ basketball coach Russ Atkins said. “I told them at halftime that the score is irrelevant. You got two quarters to go out there and defend every possession. Offensively, don’t turn the ball over and let’s get a good shot and that is what we did for the most part.”
In the fourth quarter, Union Grove’s lead grew as large as 20 before the final buzzer.
Ham also had four steals and Rod Dunlap (eight points) pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds. Jay Shorts had just six points but grabbed 10 boards.
“Caleb is definitely our best defensive player,” Atkins said. “He is going to draw the other team’s best player every night. He knows that and he accepts that challenge. Rod has been real good rebounding all year and that was Jay’s best rebounding effort by far on both ends of the floor.”
Before hosting the Union Grove Classic on Dec. 27, the Wolverines face Woodland at home Friday.
In the Lady Wolverines’ contest against Mount Zion, they experienced a dreadful third quarter en route to a 44-35 loss. At halftime, the Lady Wolverines trailed by just a margin of 23-17 but at the close of the third they faced a 38-18 deficit.
The Lady Wolverines struggled to take care of the ball the entire contest.