The second games of Union Pines’ 2021-22 basketball season ended in a split decision.
The Vikings and Lady Vikings had their home opener on Tuesday night, with the men improving to 2-0 with a hard-fought 66-58 victory over Corinth Holders. However, the women took it on the chin against a much-improved version of the Corinth team they’d beaten last season, falling 63-34.
The men’s game saw Corinth (1-1) jump out to an early eight-point lead, but Union Pines dominated the second quarter and held a 30-26 lead at intermission. The Pirates made one more big push to plunder a victory in the third quarter, and Union Pines went to the final period down by three after an 18-6 run by the visitors in the middle of the quarter.
A 20-9 closing push from the Vikings sent the home crowd home happy.
Union Pines was led by Isaiah Robbins with 17 points and five rebounds, Kelby Wright with 14 points, Jack Adair with 12 points and seven rebounds, and Demari Patterson with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Vikings will be on the road next game as they travel to Southwestern Randolph for a Tuesday night contest.
The Lady Vikings were simply worn down by the visiting 4A team’s greater strength and experience.
The game was competitive in the first half, with the Pirates holding a 25-17 lead at the break, and Union Pines actually outscored Corinth by a point in the second quarter after a slow start.
The visitors, who had opened the previous night with a 53-point shellacking of Smithfield-Selma, didn’t break it open until going on a 20-4 run in the final quarter.
Union Pines’ Aaliyah Balser had a huge outing, with 21 points and 18 rebounds, but there weren’t many others who could handle the Pirates.
Meghan McCaskill had eight points and eight rebounds, and Sara Adams has eight rebounds.
Outside of the games played by Lee and Southern Lee this week, there were a few other Sandhills Athletic Conference games played on Tuesday night.
Scotland opened its basketball season on Tuesday night even though the Fighting Scots are the only SAC team still active in football.
Despite this, the Scotland men held off Fairmont for a 65-62 road victory, although the Lady Scots saw the roof cave in for them in the second half, falling 47-24 to the Golden Tornadoes.
Scotland’s women trailed just 17-14 at the half, but were overwhelmed after the break.