BIG STONE GAP — The Bears invited the Falcons to play last Friday night and the game was worth the money.
In the extremely low-scoring contest, Union was able to hold off a powerful Abingdon team to take the win 49-47.
The Bears were ahead going into the last minute of the game, forcing the Falcons to commit obligatory fouls. Union was only four of eight from the line, but that was enough to hang on to the victory.
Union head coach Zack Moore said his team held fast to the game plan, but it was awfully close for comfort. “That’s what I told our guys. And we got the ball to the people we want shooting free throws. Those guys have just go to step up and make free throws.”
Abingdon had every opportunity to cut into the Union lead, but the shots were just not falling. The Falcons finally cut the Bear lead to 49-44 with only 17 seconds left in the game. Then after Union missed two free throws in a row, the Falcons hit a three point shot at the buzzer to make the final score.
Justin Falin led the Bears with 13 points, with several of those baskets being clutch points to keep the momentum with the Bears.
“It was definitely even in the first two quarters. We were trying to force some stuff. But, in the second half, we moved the ball better and ran our sets. The guards gave me a lot of good passes that let me get to the rim pretty often,” said Falin.
“I think most of the games in our district are going to be like this. We’re just going to have to grind it out. It’s not going to be pretty. We just have to try to find a way to win,” Moore said.