Two of the top teams in the Frontier Valley Conference went head-to-head Tuesday night at the Ed Dubie Field House and the No. 4 Union Redskins (4-1, 2-0) came back from a 22-13 deficit for a 60-45 win over the No. 8 Sand Springs Sandites (3-1, 2-1) to remain undefeated in conference play.
Sand Springs showed how deep its talent pool goes by taking a 22-13 lead in the second quarter before typical leading scorer Colt Savage even got on the board.
Union's Jordan Flood scored the first points of the game, but Davon Richardson quickly retaliated with a three point play. Mo Garcia and Noah Brown scored back to back but Colt Savage stripped the ball on a layup attempt and sent it to Richardson at half court, who passed it to Cale Savage for a game-tying three-pointer. Kendall McVay scored a free throw, but that would be the last lead of the half for Union.
Cole Durkee drained a three then Richardson and Josh Minney scored a pair of twos for a 13-7 lead. Garcia added a free throw for his team, but Durkee had the final basket to end the first quarter 15-8.
Union cut the deficit to 24-21 by halftime, Flood opened the third quarter with a steal and a layup, then Garcia scored a three to put the Redskins back out front. Durkee hit a three for Sand Springs, McVay and Garcia combined for five, Richardson scored two, then Union went on a six-point run before Cale Savage hit a three to end the period 37-32 with an assist from his older brother.
Garcia started the final stretch with a trio of free throws, setting the tone for a stanza that would be spent almost entirely at the charity stripe. The Sandites cut it as close as 46-40 with a steal and layup from Minney, but Union went on an eight-point run to put the game out of reach.
Davon Richardson scored a season-high twelve points to lead the Sandites. Cale Savage tied his career high with eleven, and Cole Durkee scored a career-high ten points to put three Sandites in double digits. Leading Frontier Valley scorer Colt Savage was held to six points, his lowest output since his sophomore season. Garcia led all scorers with 21 points, followed by Michiah McQuarters with thirteen and Flood with twelve.
The Sandites will return to action Thursday at 7:00 p.m. against the Wichita Defenders (7-1) in the first round of the Tulsa Memorial Veterans Arena Invitational. Union will host No. 17 Sapulpa (4-1) next Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.
Union 60 CPHS 45
1Q CPHS 15-8
2Q Union 13-9
3Q Union 16-8
4Q Union 23-13
Free Throws: Union 14-of-17, CPHS 5-of-7.
Field Goals: CPHS 17-of-37, Union 21-of-51.
Offensive Rebounds: Union 8, CPHS 8.
Defensive Rebounds: Union 13, CPHS 13.
Steals: Union 6, CPHS 5.
Blocks: CPHS 6, Union 1.
Fouls: CPHS 15, Union 10.
(Sand Springs Stats)
Scoring: Richardson 12, Cale Savage 11, Durkee 10, Colt Savage 6, Minney 4, Price 2.
Offensive Rebounds: Richardson 3, Cale Savage 2, Minney 2, Durkee 1.
Defensive Rebounds: Cale Savage 4, Price 3, Colt Savage 2, Durkee 2, Richardson 1, Fox 1.
Total Rebounds: Cale Savage 6, Richardson 4, Price 3, Durkee 3, Colt Savage 2, Minney 2, Fox 1.
Steals: Minney 2, Colt Savage 2, Price 1.
Assists: Colt Savage 3, Richardson 2, Minney 2, Cale Savage 1.
Blocks: Richardson 2, Colt Savage 1, Price 1, Durkee 1, Minney 1,
Fouls: Richardson 4, Price 3, Minney 2, Cale Savage 2, Fox 2, Colt Savage 1, Williams 1.
Scoring: Garcia 21, McQuarters 13, Flood 12, Brown 6, McVay 5, King 2, Hawkins 1.
Fouls: King 3, Brown 2, Flood 2, McVay 1, Hawkins 1, McQuarters 1.