Knights fall short of upset over Wolverines 46-39
January 9, 2020


Union boys basketball overcame a 19-6 start to Dike-New Hartford on Tuesday, Jan. 7 to battle fiercely in a close 46-39 to the Wolverines upon their return from winter break.

"We knew Dike is always a good team and they come in here expecting to win," coach Dan Hensing said. "I told my guys 'if you don't think we have a chance of winning, don't show up.' Everyone who came tonight believed they could beat Dike."

The Knights were without Keegan Block, their leading scorer, due to injury and Hensing felt the athletes knew each and everyone would have to step up. The first quarter would see the Wolverines burst out with a 19-6 run, yet Union struck back on both ends of the floor in the second quarter. Caleb Reel and Trevor Davis, starting for Block, would hit several big shots as the defense held the Wolverines to five points in the quarter, a season low for undefeated Dike-New Hartford. At halftime, the Knights had cut a 13-point deficit to one, trailing 24-23.

"We had a couple of guys play a lot more minutes than they normally do," Hensing said. "We asked a lot out of them tonight and they played hard."

The second half was a tale of two quarters. Union would go up as much as 35-27 courtesy of back-to-back threes by Reel, yet the Wolverines showed no quit as they all but erased their deficit to trial 37-35. Momentum shifted to the visitors as the Knights grew cold shooting. Union relied on their five-guard lineup to space the floor, yet shots refused to fall and a timely run by Dike-New Hartford saved their undefeated record.

"We ran out of gas late in the game," Hensing said. "We were taking good shots, but our legs were tired. Our weakness is rebound because we aren't a big team and they took advantage when we were tired. That gave them more chances in that last quarter."

Caleb Reel led the Knights with 12 points, three rebounds and two steals. Trevor Davis scored all nine of his points in the first half, adding four rebounds. Brayden Grosse finished with six points and five assists in the loss.

"Even though this was a loss, I feel like we are turning a corner," Hensing said. "I can't describe how happy I am with the guys tonight."

Union will host Jesup on Friday, Jan. 10 and travel to Grundy Center on Monday, Jan. 13 and Columbus Catholic on Tuesday, Jan 14. The Knights are 1-7 on the season.


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