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Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013 7:30 pm | Updated: 9:15 pm, Fri Feb 22, 2013.

Entering the final week of the regular season, the Union basketball Wildcats picked up a huge victory Tuesday over North County, 65-51.

“I thought the kids played hard tonight,” Union Head Coach Chris Simmons said. “It was great for them to come out and experience some success.”

Union (6-18) ended the regular season with the win. The game scheduled Friday night was called off due to road conditions.

“We look forward to getting back on the practice floor on Wednesday to build on this game,” Simmons said. “While it was great to win, we still did a lot of things wrong that we must improve on.”

Union will play St. Clair in the opening round of the Class 4 District 9 Tournament in Pacific Monday at 6 p.m. St. Clair is seeded fourth and Union is fifth. St. Clair won at Union Feb. 5, 64-57.

The Wildcats never were threatened in the game, but had some flat moments in the contest.

“By no means were we perfect,” Simmons said. “We still turned the ball over (27 times) and gave up too many offensive rebounds. They fought to overcome it.”

Simmons said everyone played a role in the game.

“Tonight was a real team effort,” Simmons said. “Everything started with our defense tonight. When we decide we are going to get stops, we can be tough because of our mix of size and athleticism, but it all depends on whether we decide we want to get stops and finish those stops with rebounds. We keep preaching that this season is not over and we must continue to get better.”

Simmons was happy with the play of his guards.

“Our guards really stepped up tonight which has been an inconsistent part of our game,” Simmons said. “Blake (Hulsey), Zig (Nick Ziegler), and TJ (Vitt) really played well tonight.”

Ziegler paced Union in scoring with 17 points. He added seven rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Vitt was next with 14 points. He added seven assists, seven rebounds and four steals.

Brian Borgmann stepped up with 12 points while adding seven rebounds, four blocked shots, two assists and two steals before fouling out in the fourth quarter.

Brandon Ford got into early foul trouble, but still scored nine points with 10 rebounds, four blocked shots, two assists and a steal.

Hulsey scored nine points while adding six rebounds three assists and a steal.

Ashton Dehn and Emmett Parker netted two points apiece. Dehn also had an assist and a rebound. Parker contributed a rebound.

Tanner Bunch dished out one assist while adding a rebound and a steal.

Dylan Small had one assist and one steal.

Kory Lucas added two rebounds.

Kevin Curran also played.

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Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

Baseball

Monday, April 14

Washington at Pacific, PPD

North County at St. Clair, PPD

Union 5, Waynesville 3

Tuesday, April 15

Borgia 4, Washington 2

Cuba 7, St. Clair 1

*Pacific 14, Owensville 0

Wednesday, April 16

Borgia 11, Kennedy 1

Lutheran S 6, Washington 0

Thursday, April 17

*Union 11, Owensville 1

*New Haven 5, St. Clair 4

*Pacific 5, St. James 4

Saturday, April 19

Washington 5, Union 1

Girls Soccer

Monday, April 14

Washington 5, Borgia 3

*Union 12, St. James 0

*Sullivan 1, Owensville 0 (2 OT)

Tuesday, April 15

*Washington 2, Ft. Zumwalt East 0

*Union 10, Owensville 0

Thursday, April 17

*Washington 2, Ft. Zumwalt S 1 (PKs)

Union 10, North County 0

St. Clair 3, Maplewood 1 (Hillsboro Tny)

Friday, April 18

Washington 2, Sullivan 1

Ritenour 2, St. Clair 0 (Hillsboro Tny)

Saturday, April 19

Cape Girardeau Central 3, St. Clair 2 (Hillsboro Tny)

Golf

Monday, April 14

*Washington 176, Holt 179 (medalist W-B. Carpenter 42)

Tuesday, April 15

Borgia 209, Kennedy 250 (medalist B-C. Voss 35)

*Pacific/Sullivan at St. Clair, 4 p.m.

*Hermann at Union, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16

Wash at FZS Tny, TBA

Thursday, April 17

Warrenton Tny, 8 a.m.

Track and Field

Tuesday, April 15

Union Relays (Winners: B-Potosi 101; G-Washington 119)

Saturday, April 19

Washington at Kirkwood    TBA

Boys Volleyball

Wednesday, April 9

Duchesne def. Borgia, 25-19, 25-16

Thursday, April 10

Seckman def. Borgia, 25-15, 21-25, 25-13

College Softball

Wednesday, April 16

*ECC split with St. Charles

Thursday, April 17

*ECC split with St. Louis

*Conference Games

NCAA Men's Basketball News