Union 58, Bastrop 37
Holding a one-point halftime lead, visiting Union Parish dominated the second half Monday night on its way to a convincing 58-37 triumph over Bastrop.
As the score would attest, little went right for the Rams as their nine-game winning streak came to a halt. With point guard SirQuan Hawkins playing only 16 minutes due to foul trouble, Bastrop sputtered offensively.
"We couldn't hit our shots, and we didn't shoot well from the line," Bastrop coach Theabury Odom said. "We just have to put this one behind us and start getting ready for West Ouachita."
Union vaulted out to an early 9-2 advantage. Fueled by consecutive 3-pointers from Cortlen Newsome, Bastrop struck for eight straight points to go up 10-9.
Hawkins was whistled for his third foul before Jordan Jones drove the lane to put the Farmers in front 11-10 at the end of the quarter.
With Hawkins sitting out the entire second quarter, Bastrop managed only one field goal.
Nevertheless, Bastrop briefly took a 16-15 lead on Newsome's 3-pointer.
On Union's next possession, Dylan Harris beat a double team for a layup, enabling the Farmers to carry a 17-16 margin into the break.
Things went sour in a hurry for the Rams to start the second half.
Hawkins picked up his fourth foul just over a minute into the third quarter.
On cue, the Farmers embarked on an 11-0 spurt.
Jalen Jones picked up a loose ball in the lane to start the run, Jordan Jones keyed in a 3-pointer, Harris buried an open jumper from the free throw line and went back door off a Rakeyman Fields assist, and Harris set up Quan Jenkins underneath to give The U a 28-16 edge.
Trailing 32-23 after three, the Rams were never within single digits in the final quarter.
Jordan Jones totaled 17 points and Harris 10 to pace The U (15-7). Also contributing to the scoring were Fields (8), Jalen Jones (6), Quan Jenkins (6), Domonique Paschal (6), Jalen Andrews (4) and Tyon Wallace (1).
Newsome was the lone representative in double figures for the Rams (14-8) with 14 points, followed by Hawkins with eight, Danny Hill with five, Keyshawn Scott and Neverless Frazier with three, Garrett Guirlando with two and Jordan Rabun and Denterrius McHenry with one each.
Bastrop (14-8), which had a nine-game winning streak snapped, returns to District 2-4A play Friday night at West Ouachita.