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Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013 5:15 pm

Close only counts in horseshoes.

But not in basketball.

A couple of near misses in the first two rounds of the Union Tournament have made the host Wildcats hungry to finish off the event Saturday with a victory.

Union (3-12) lost Tuesday to Lutheran South in the opening round, 63-55. In Thursday’s consolation semifinal, Festus hit a three-point basket with 1.1 seconds to play to beat Union, 50-47.

“Late down the stretch, I really was proud of how we executed defensively,” Union Head Coach Chris Simmons said. “We had three or four fouls to give. We gave those with 10, seven and three seconds to play. Defensively, we executed. The kid made a big shot late in the game, you’ve got to give him kudos for that.”

Looking for Wins

Simmons feels the Wildcats are close to picking up wins instead of just playing close.

“ We’re getting better at it,” Simmons said. “We’re improving. Tonight was a good step forward in that direction. Four of our last five games we’ve been in the game with a chance to pull it out going down the stretch. We haven’t been able to do it, but we’re trying to do things differently in learning how to win games. Tonight was a good step forward to doing that.”

Seventh-Place Game

And Simmons is hopeful Union’s next win can come Saturday.

“Our focus is coming out and playing our best,” Simmons said. “It doesn’t matter who we play. We have to come out and play to our highest level and continue to move forward.”

The Wildcats will play Jefferson, a 66-50 loser to Crystal City Thursday, in Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. seventh-place game.

Jefferson lost to Pacific in the opening round, 71-32.

Festus plays its Twin Cities rival Crystal City in the consolation game Saturday at 4 p.m.

Festus

With the contest tied, Festus junior guard Travis Spraul sank a three-point basket with 1.1 seconds to play to lift the Tigers to the 50-47 victory.

Union had one final chance but couldn’t get into position for a final shot while going the length of the court.

The Wildcats did get a huge basket by Nick Ziegler with 1:11 to play, tying the score at 47-47. That erased what had been a nine-point deficit entering the fourth quarter, 43-34.

““I was really proud because we were patient and we got the shot we wanted,” Simmons said. “We didn’t force anything. We moved the ball and played as a team. Then Nick hit a big time shot.”

Festus also led after the first quarter, 13-8, and at the half, 24-20.

Union played well in spurts, but also had struggled for long stretches. That allowed the Tigers to lead for most of the game.

Vast Improvement

“Festus beat us by 27 earlier in the season,” Simmons said. “They just got us to turn over the ball a ton. Tonight we had our spurts where we turned the ball over, but I think we responded well. Instead of it becoming a 15-point deficit, it was four or six.”

TJ Vitt led the Wildcats in scoring with 17 points. He hit one three-point basket and was able to take advantage on the break.

Ziegler hit three three-point baskets in the game and ended with 13 points.

Also reaching doubled digits was Brandon Ford, who scored 11 points and was a major defensive presence near the basket with rebounds and blocked shots.

Union’s other tall player, Brian Borgmann, ended the game with three points.

Blake Hulsey earned his points on a basket and free throw late in the second quarter as the Wildcats trimmed a four-point Festus advantage to one. He took advantage of a missed Ford free throw to score and then was fouled himself.

Also playing were Ashton Dehn and Kory Lucas.

Spraul led the Tigers with 18 points and his game-winning three was the only shot he hit from beyond the arc.

Ali Abbas scored 16 points for Festus.

Robert Brewer chipped in with eight points, Kamau Kinder scored four, Andrew Hayden ended with three and Zach Stamps added a point.

Lutheran South

For three quarters, the Wildcats were able to hang with second-seeded Lutheran South in a 63-55 first-round loss.

Take away the second quarter and Union actually outscored the Lancers, 42-40. But that second quarter proved to be a difference maker. Lutheran South outscored Union in that eight-minute stretch, 23-13.

That turned an 18-17 Lutheran South lead after one quarter into a 41-30 advantage at the intermission.

Union chipped away at the lead, cutting it to 50-44 after three quarters, but couldn’t pull off the upset.

The Wildcats were paced by four players who reached double digits in scoring.

Ziegler led the way with 12 points.

TJ Vitt netted 11 points.

Ford and Hulsey scored 10 points apiece.

Dehn contributed eight points.

Borgmann ended with four points.

Parker Van Nest led the Lancers with 23 points while going 9-10 from the field. He added four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Also reaching double digits was Brandon Downey with 13 points, seven rebounds, five assists and a blocked shot.

Thomas Schultz closed with eight points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal.

Trey Martin concluded the game with seven points, six assists, three rebounds and three steals.

Lezoghia Meneh and Dirk Otterstein scored six points apiece.

Lutheran South advanced to play Northwest in the semifinals. The Lions upset Festus in the other first-round game Tuesday.

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Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West 13, Daniel Boone Post 262 8

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 11, Hannibal Post 55 2

Friday, July 25

G3 West 11, St. Charles Post 312 1

G4 Daniel Boone 10, Hannibal 2

Saturday, July 26

G5 Jefferson City 9, West 2

G6 St. Charles 11, Daniel Boone 10

G7 West 6, St. Charles 2

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — West 11, Jefferson City 0

G9 If-Needed Game — Jefferson City 14, West 12

Jefferson City advances to state tournament in Sedalia.

Senior Legion State Tournament

At Liberty Park, Sedalia

Thursday, July 31

G1 Jefferson City Post 5 vs. Lee’s Summit Post 189 Aux. Outlaws, 4 p.m.

G2 Joplin Miners vs. Festus Post 253, 7 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 1

G3 G1 winner vs. G2 winner, noon

G4 G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 3 p.m.

G5 G3 loser vs. G4 winner, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 2

G6 Championship — G3 winner vs. G5 winner, 1 p.m.

G7 If-needed game — G6 winner vs. G6 loser, 4 p.m.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Jackson 3, Springfield Glendale 2

G2 Eureka 7, Sedalia 0

Friday, June 25

G3 Jackson 8, Washington 3

G4 Springfield Glendale 8, Sedalia 3

G5 Jackson 4, Eureka 2

G6 Washington 8, Springfield Glendale 0

Saturday, June 26

G7 Eureka 11, Washington 10 (9 innings)

G8 Championship — Jackson 7, Eureka 6

Jackson advances to Regional Tournament in Leavenworth, Kan.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian First

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    First

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

*Indicates League Games

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