Trojans overpower Union County
East Central took over in the first quarter of last nights game against the Union County Patriots. Carson Pieczonka scored on a layup then finished that off with a free throw after getting hacked. Conner Kuhn nailed a three-pointer, Joel Richter hit a jumper, and Pieczonka added two more points, and EC was up 10-0 with less than two minutes off the clock. Logan Harris stopped the EC run with a basket, but Kuhn responded by hitting from downtown again. The Patriots got a basket from Brad Meadows, but Rhys Hofer dropped two baskets from outside the arch and Dylan Maxwell scored to put the Trojans up by 15. Logan Boone hit a three for UC before the frame ended and the Trojans led after one quarter 21-9.
Nick Watterson scored the first basket in the second period for the Patriots to make it a 10-point game. Hofer put EC back up with an old fashioned three-point play, Gavin Davis scored for UC, and Cole Wheat added three-points to put the Trojans up by 14-points. Union County got two three-point baskets from Meadows while Maxwell put up two two-point baskets for EC. The Trojans finished the half strong. Pieczonka scored again for EC, Hofer drained a three, Maxwell put in a layup, and Wheat ended the half with a basket making the score 40-19 at the half.
The Third quarter started, and it was all Pieczonka, he scored the first seven EC points while Ty Elleman added a basket for the Patriots. Maxwell scored for the Trojans to put them up by 28-points with just three minutes played in the quarter. Meadows hit another three for UC and Boone scored again making the score 49-26 midway through the third period. The Patriots added eight more in the frame four from Davis, and a bucket each from Watterson and Elleman. The Trojans added 15 more in the period, Pieczonka led the charge with five-points and Maxwell was just behind him adding four, giving EC a 64-34 lead through three frames. The Trojans outscored UC over the final eight minutes 16-9 to earn their sixth win on the season, and snap a five game skid. The Trojans now sit at 6-15 on the season and have one more game left. They host Greensburg (15-5) next Friday, Feb. 24.
East Central– Pieczonka 19, Maxwell 16, Hofer 15, Richter 8, Kuhn 6, Wheat 5, Eli Sehorst 3, Max Moses 3, Noah Mersmann 3, Peyton Hofer 2.
Union County– Meadows 11, Davis 8, Boone 8, Watterson 6, Elleman 4, Harris 4, Rhett Hollen 2
1 2 3 4 F
ECHS 21 19 24 16 80
UCHS 9 10 15 9 43