Stallions upset rival Union Academy 63-61 in Overtime

Stallions LB Boyette scores 22 points against Union Academy. (QGHS)

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Jah’Quez Sanders sinks winning free throws. (QGHS)
Jah’Quez Sanders sinks winning free throws. (QGHS)
Darnell Craig making a pass.  (Ed Berti)

The Stallions are methodically putting together a solid season.  They took a major step this past Friday night when the boys defeated their rival Union Academy, Monroe, North Carolina in Union County.  The teams played to a tie in regulation, and the Stallions won the game sinking two foul shots from senior standout guard Jah’Quez Sanders for the 63-61 upset in overtime.

The Stallions playing on their home court took a 15-11 lead in the first period as they had a good start to the ball game.  In the second period, the teams played evenly scoring 17 points each going into the halftime intermission.  With the score tied at 32-32 this game was shaping up to go down to the wire and a final shot would declare the victor.

After the intermission, in the third period Union Academy shot more consistently from the floor to outscore the Stallions 14-11 to take a 3 point lead at 46-43 going into the final period.

However, in the fourth period the Stallions made up the three point deficit on the backs of junior LB Boyette, and senior guard Jah’Quez Sanders to tie the game in regulation at 57-57.

In the overtime, the teams played defensively and only scored 4 points each.  Then Jah’Quez  Sanders the teams leading scorer draws a foul.  He goes to the free throw line and calmly sinks two foul shots with 0.7 seconds remaining on the scoreboard clock for the upset win.

The Stallions improved their record to 10-4 overall, and 2-0 in the PAC-7 Conference.  They are now ranked 7th statewide in 1-A Class basketball programs.  While the Cardinals from Union Academy dropped to 10th, and their record is 10-2 overall, and 1-1 in the PAC-7 Conference.

LB Boyette led all scorers with 22 points, and grabbed 8 rebounds on the night.  Senior  Jah’Quez Sanders contributed 18 points, 6 rebounds and sank the winning free throws in overtime for the Stallions.  The Cardinals, Daniel Hasty scored 21 points, Derek Young 14, and Johnny Anderson added 11 points in the loss.

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Ed Berti
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