Unfortunately, the Yellow Jackets committed a foul with no time on the clock, giving Broome a slim 87-86 win Wednesday night. The loss marks the end of the Border Shootout Tournament at Landrum.
Union County struggled defensively in the first half, giving Broome a 49-36 edge at the half.
“We didn’t get a whole lot of defensive effort in the first half,” coach Joe Pitt said. “We have to get out from the beginning.”
Down by 10 points most of the third quarter, Union County found ways to score and brought the lead down to five points.
Desmond Floyd hit a big three-point shot with 26.5 seconds to go in the game, giving Union County a one-point lead. However, the Yellow Jackets then missed three scoring opportunities. Broome made one of two free throw shots on a foul to even the score.
It looked like Union County was going into overtime, but Brandon Stapleton committed a foul with no time left on the clock, sending Broome to the free throw line.
The first free throw was missed, but the second went in to give Broome the win.
Union County falls to a 4-7 overall record.
The Yellow Jackets were led in scoring by Floyd with 28 points; Stapleton had 23 points; Telvin Dawkins and Joe Beatty each scored eight points; Michael Mebane had six points; T.J. Jeter and Victor Ruth each added two points.
Union County opened the tournament with am 87-74 win over Blacksburg.
During the second round, the Yellow Jackets lost to Fort Mill 80-74.
Next, Union County will host Mid-Carolina at home Tuesday. The Lady Jackets tip-off at 6 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. start for the boys’ team.
This is only the second home game the Yellow Jackets have played so far this season.