Bryan Lions meet Union Bulldogs in NAIA match-up

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Lions Basketball battles it out in critical NAIA contest with Union Bulldogs

January 10, 2014 – Bryan Hill

Bryan Lions vs Union Bulldogs

Bryan College hosted Union on the hill Saturday in an important Conference Basketball game for Bryan Men’s team. Coach Rekoske said before the game, “Union is the best team we play in the conference, and we will have to play well to win.”

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Union is the best team we play in the conference, and we will have to play well to win.

Coach Rekoske – Bryan Men’s Basketball

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The game was tied 5-5 after 3 minutes of play and from there Union took the lead for several minutes until Bryan Landers made a three point shot to give Bryan the lead at 13-11. Union came back to tie the game 16-16 with 9:22 left in the first half. From there Union took the lead and stretched the lead to 6 points at 25-19 with 5:27 left in the half. Bryan made a run and came within 1 point but ultimately it was Union that enjoyed a 32-27 lead at the half.

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In the second half Union kept the lead to 13 points when they took a 47-35 lead with 12:30 to go in the game. Bryan fought back to cut the lead down to 3 at 47-44 with 8:18 left in the game and then to 1 at 48-49 with 2:27 left in the game. Union made their free throws in the last minutes and Bryan could not hit their shots in a tough 51-48 loss for the home-standing Bryan Lions.

Derrick Walkers lead Bryan with 15 points and 15 rebounds and Brandon Cole added 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Bryan outshot Union from the field percentage wise at 35 to 32% but Union got up 19 more shots than Bryan. Rebounding was close at 36 to 32 in favor of Union and turnovers was an area of pain for Bryan as they had 24 turnovers compared to 15 for Union. Bryan did make more trips to the line as they hit 14-25 from the line vs 4 of 8 for Union. The loss drops Bryan to 4-4 in Conference play and puts Union at 7-1. Bryan next plays in Georgia against Truett-McConnell on Wednesday night at 7:30 pm.

Men’s Game Photos

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Lady Lions take on Lady Bulldogs

The Bryan Women took on Union at home in a critical Conference game on Saturday afternoon. Going into the game the Bryan Lady Lions were 6-2 and the Union team was 7-1 and Tennessee Wesleyan also went into their game with Virginia Intermont with a 6-2 record.

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The game went well early for Bryan as Kristen Lanes basket at the 15:19 mark put Lady Lions up 10-2. Union was not going easily and scored the next 8 point to tie up the score 10-10. Bryan again took the lead 16-12 but from there it was Union making an 11-1 run to take a 23-17 lead with 4:58 left in the half. Once again Bryan came back and it was 26-26 at the halftime juncture.

Bryan began the second half even better than the first half as they went on a 15-0 run to take a 41-26 lead with 14:49 to go in the second half. But Union was not going away that easily. On the strength of three shots from beyond the three-point arc Union came back to pull within 45-43 with 8:24 to go in the game. With 5:53 to go Union was within 47-46 but never did catch up with Bryan though they did stay close throughout the rest of the game and trailed 54-52 with 50 seconds to go.

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Over the last minute of the game it was Bryan hitting their free throws and Union missing on their shots and the result was a hard earned 57-54 win and a three way tie for the Conference race with Union and Tennessee Wesleyan with a 7-2 conference record.

Three Lady Lions finished in double figures to lead Bryan. Kristin Lane (14), Kelsey Brooke (13) and Keila Formont (10) lead Bryan in scoring. Bryan outshot Union 32% to 28% from the field and won the rebound battle 57-48. The Lions next play in Georgia vs Truett-McConnel on Wednesday at 5:30 PM.

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