Jumping out to a big early lead, the Union basketball Wildcats rolled to a 71-42 win over Crosspoint Christian School Monday.
Union (6-12) was coming off winning the consolation title of its own tournament while Crosspoint (13-2), the defending Missouri Christian School Athletic Association state champion in its class, has been unstoppable in its conference once again this season.
“It was a good win for us,” Union Head Coach Chris Simmons said. “Our kids played hard all night long.”
Simmons gave credit to the Crosspoint Cougars.
“Crosspoint deserves a lot of credit,” Simmons said. “They play very hard and never quit. Coach (Scott) Weldy does a very good job with them.”
Union jumped out to a 25-7 lead after one quarter and was up 37-18 at the half. It was 59-30 through three quarters.
Union had two scoring leaders.
Trevor Kelly netted 18 points and added six rebounds and four assists.
Jacob Towell also scored 18 points with four rebounds and three assists.
Kale Crawford reached double figures in scoring by recording 12 points. He also had four rebounds and four assists.
Caleb Mabe scored nine points with seven rebounds. Chase Mehler added eight points with five assists and four rebounds.
Peyton Burke added five points. Blake Dickinson had one point and five rebounds and Mason Bailey contributed two assists and a rebound.
Sam Coons led Crosspoint with 19 points, 10 rebounds and an assist.
“Sam Coons is a very nice player who gave us some problems inside with his athleticism and strength in the post,” Simmons said. “That was the one area that I was not real pleased about. They were able to get to the paint offensively and then second-chance opportunities followed because of our lack of position due to the location of the shot and help defense. We are at our best when our defense is active and talking which usually results with much better rebounding.”
Nate Davis was next with eight points, two rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Nic Blocker scored five points with five rebounds.
AJ Nantz had four points, eight rebounds, four assists, a steal and a blocked shot.
Luke Aholt contributed three points, three rebounds and a steal.
David Corama added two points and a steal.
Clay Williams netted one point and added one rebound.
“We are really focusing on ourselves and trying to get better every day,” Simmons said. “We are starting to figure out what it takes to be at our best. Now, the issue is just consistently doing that. Consistency is the key.”