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Bulldogs come up short on homecoming

Friday, January 25, 2013

Union center Austin Robertson (54) tries to post up in the lane for the Bulldogs Friday night against the Shoals Jug Rox. The Bulldogs lost on homecoming 52-48. (By B.J. Hargis/Greene County Daily World). [Order this photo]
DUGGER -- Union bounced back from a slow start, rallied to take the lead, but came up on the short end of a 52-48 score to visiting Shoals, who spoiled homecoming for the Bulldogs here Friday night.

It was the third win in 13 games for Shoals while the Bulldogs slipped to 0-14 this year. They have lost 19 straight high school boys basketball games since they defeated SHS 41-40 a year ago.

"This was a game that we should have won," said UHS coach Chip Langley. "We let this one slip away."

Union guard Sterling Langley (20) tries to make a move against two Shoals defenders during a high school boys basketball game Friday night at Dugger. (By B.J. Hargis/Greene County Daily World). [Order this photo]
The Bulldogs missed 7 of 9 shots to begin the game, falling behind 12-5 after the first quarter.

They shot 30 percent for the half -- 6 of 20 -- and trailed 22-16 at intermission.

"We came out cold," said Langley. "We only scored five points in the first quarter.

"I don't know if we were still caught up in the homecoming festivities or what."

The Bulldogs were much more competitive in the second half. They tied the game at 22, 24 and 26 before finally taking a 28-26 lead on a basket in the paint by Ethan Fettig with 81 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Zac Birdsong made 1 of 2 free throws and Austin Robertson got loose inside for a two-pointer as Union led 31-28 going to the fourth period.

"To the kids credit, they battled back and got back into the game," said Langley. "But we just couldn't find a way to finish this one off."

Union continued to build on its lead, taking a 35-30 advantage with 6:47 remaining after a running scoop shot by Sterling Langley.

Trey Bedwell scored his lone basket, giving the Bulldogs their final lead at 37-36 at the 5:51 mark.

Union did tie the game at 39 and 41-all after a Langley basket, set up by a pass from Zac Birdsong.

But Shoals, who made 6 of 10 3-pointers compared to 0-for-10 by Union, got consecutive treys by Dylan Erwin and Alex Doane, pushing the Jug Rox edge to 47-41. They made 4 of 5 long balls to finish the game.

Erwin led the winners with 17 points while Doane made three triples and finished with 10 points. Center Jon Sherfick added 11 points.

"They were able to make some 3-pointers in the fourth quarter than hurt us," said Langley. "They got three offensive rebounds off of missed free throws, which is something you can't allow.

"We did a better job of taking care of the basketball. We just came up a play or two short."

Fettig finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds on 8-for-10 shooting. Langley had 10 points on 5 of 9 firing from the field.

Robertson collected 11 points.

In the junior varsity game, Shoals also won 44-36.

Brayden Talley paced Union with 15 points. Parker Lovelace scored nine points, Melidian Maze eight and Dakota Chesterfield added four. Raylee Mesey, Skyler Mesey and Clay Figg also played.

The Bulldogs will host Owen Valley at 6 p.m. Saturday (tonight).

SHOALS (52) -- Jon Sherfick 4-11 3-5 11, Waylon Bradley 1-3 0-0 2, Dylan Erwin 7-9 1-2 17, Cole Kimmel 3-7 1-3 8, Alex Doane 3-8 1-2 10, Jordan Sorrells 2-4 0-0 4, Cody Hert 0-0 0-0 0, Damon Roach 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-42 6-12 52.

UNION (48) -- Ethan Fettig 8-10 2-5 18, Ian Hamburg 1-6 0-0 2, Austin Robertson 5-10 1-2 11, Zac Birdsong 1-5 1-1 3, Sterling Langley 5-9 0-0 10, Trey Bedwell 1-5 2-2 4. Totals 21-45 6-10 48.

Shoals 12 10 6 24 -- 52

Union 5 11 15 17 -- 48

3-point shooting -- Shoals 6-11 (A. Doane 3-5, Erwin 2-2, Kimmel 1-4), Union. Fouls -- Shoals , Union 0-10 (Bedwell 0-2, Birdsong 0-2, Hamburg 0-3, Langley 0-3. Fouls -- Shoals 14, Union 12. Fouled out -- None. Rebounds -- Shoals 24 (Sherfick 7), Union 30 (Fettig 10). Assists -- Shoals 14 (A. Doane 4, Kimmel 4), Union 8 (Langley 2, Fettig 2). Steals -- Shoals 5 (Erwin 2), Union 2 (Fettig, Robertson). Turnovers -- Shoals 10 (Sorrells 3), Union 13 (Birdsong 3, Langley 3, Fettig 3). Blocks -- Shoals 1 (Sherfick), Union 5 (Robertson 5).

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