The second games of Union Pines’ 2021-22 basketball season ended in a split decision.
The Vikings and Lady Vikings played their home opener on Tuesday night, with the men going 2-0 with a relentless 66-58 victory over the Corinth Holders. However, the women gained the upper hand against a much improved version of the Corinth squad they beat last season, losing 63-34.
The men’s game saw Corinth (1-1) take an eight-point lead early on, but Union Pines dominated the second quarter and held a 30-26 lead in intermission. The Pirates put in another big push to plunder a victory in the third quarter, and Union Pines went into the final period by threes after an 18-6 run from the visitors to the middle of the quarter.
A 20-9 final push from the Vikings sent the crowd home happy.
Union Pines was led by Isaiah Robbins with 17 points and five rebounds, Kelby Wright with 14 points, Jack Adair with 12 points and seven rebounds and Demari Patterson with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Vikings will be on the road in the next game as they travel to southwest Randolph for a Tuesday night game.
The Lady Vikings were simply exhausted by the increased strength and experience of the visiting 4A Team.
The game was competitive in the first half, with the Pirates holding a 25-17 lead at the break, and Union Pines actually edged Corinth by one point in the second quarter after a slow start.
The visitors, who opened the night before with a 53-point bombardment from Smithfield-Selma, did not open it until they started a 20-4 streak in the final quarter.
Union Pines’s Aaliyah Balser had a huge outing, with 21 points and 18 rebounds, but there weren’t many others who could handle the Pirates.
Meghan McCaskill has eight points and eight rebounds and Sara Adams has eight rebounds.
Aside from the games played by Lee and Southern Lee this week, a few other Sandhills Athletic Conference games were played on Tuesday night.
Scotland opened their basketball season on Tuesday evening even though the Fighting Scots are the only SAC team still active in football.
Despite that, the Scots held off Fairmont for a 65-62 road victory, although the Lady Scots saw the roof crumble for them in the second half, losing 47-24 to the Golden Tornadoes.
The Scottish women led just 17-14 at halftime but were overwhelmed after the break.