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Union hangs tough in loss at A-P 67-54

December 12, 2019
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Dysart Reporter

A second-straight road test greeted the Union boys basketball team as they came up short 67-54 at Aplington-Parkersburg on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

"This is a great program that has a coach who plays them hard with their press," coach Dan Hensing said. "They make you do things you don't want to do and it's hard to simulate that kind of pressure in practice."

The Knights got off to a solid start in the first quarter, hanging around with a taller, physical Falcons team through their shooting and drives to the basket. Foul trouble kept the Reel brothers in check going into the second quarter, A-P struck back defensively and only allowing Union five points to go into halftime down 31-17.

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Brayden Grosse finished with 10 points in the loss at A-P on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

"We talked about getting off to a good start in this game," Hensing said. "In the past [A-P] has come out with energy, so we wanted to match that and try playing with them as long as we could. There was a three or four minute stretch in that second quarter that put us in a 14-point deficit, which ended up about the deficit at the end."

Breaking from last year's blowout loss in Parkersburg, the Knights fired back with a spirited effort, outscoring the Falcons 20-16 as Keegan Block attacked the rim and found teammates for shots. Though the Knights chipped away at the A-P lead, fouls led to the Falcons getting to the line and using their height to out rebound a guard-oriented Union team.

"We didn't give up that second half and last year we might have caved in after halftime," Hensing said."Tonight, we fought and I'm proud of these guys. These are big dudes we faced and when a bigger guy wants that rebound, they're going to get it. Hats off to them."

Block lead the Knights with 23 points, joined in double figure by Brayden Grosse with 10 points. Devin Reel finished with eight points and Brandon Tompkins five points in the loss.

"We're sharing the ball better this year and moving without the ball, " Hensing said. "When the Reels were in foul trouble, Brayden stepped up and played hard. I never doubted our effort tonight. When A-P comes to our place, we'll give them another good game."

The Knights will continue their season at Denver on Friday, Dec. 13 before hosting back-to-back home games against Wapsie Valley on Monday, Dec. 16 and Hudson on Tuesday, Dec. 17. Union will have one final game in 2019 at Sumner-Fredericksburg on Friday, Dec. 20 before winter break. The Knights are 0-2 on the season. To view photos of the game, check out the Flickr album at



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