Union missed its first six shots of the game and ultimately fell to the Falcons on Wednesday afternoon at Viking Hall, 64-48.
The Bears were missing senior post player Wes Slagle and relying heavily upon guard play. The cohesion was there at times, but head coach Zack Moore says they’re still trying to figure it out.
“We got off to a bad start and we missed a lot of the shots that we usually make,” Moore said. “We played nervous at first. … We’re still trying to find ourselves and it’s a process. We calmed down and played a little bit better. Our leading scorer was a freshman and I don’t think he came off the floor.”
Guard Andy Jones led the Bears with 19 points while Joshua Dames had 25 to lead Tabernacle.
Romad Dean had 10 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double for the Falcons.
The Bears were outrebounded 42-29 and Tabernacle had 18 offensive boards.
Union will play Wasilla (Alaska) at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, followed by Tabernacle vs. Bearden at 4.
Greeneville 58, Wasilla (Alaska) 51
Jaevon Gillespie filled it up with a game-high 29 points as Greeneville recorded the first Northeast Tennessee team win of the day over the Warriors.
The Greene Devils grabbed a five-point lead (40-35) coming out of halftime and never looked back.
Daniel Headdings led Wasilla with 24 and was the only Warrior player in double figures.
The Greene Devils will face Orem (Utah) on Thursday at 8:30 p.m.
Cardinal Newman (S.C.) 77, Morristown East 70
Cardinal Newman got out early in the first quarter and led wire-to-wire, but the Hurricanes kept hanging around. Morristown East cut what was once a 15-point deficit down to seven points in the fourth quarter, but the Cardinals always seemed to have an answer.
Chico Carter, Jr. led Cardinal Newman with 29 points while Malik Tucker and Josh Beadle each pitched in with 13.
Cameron Rymer had 29 and Conner Jordan 27 for Morristown East. Braden Ilic was also in double figures with 10.
Morristown East will play an elimination game on Friday at 9 a.m. against Tennessee High while Cardinal Newman takes on Buford (Ga.).
Buford (Ga.) 51, Tennessee High 45
After being tied at 24 at halftime, Buford came out of the locker room on a 13-2 run to seize an 11-point lead. The Wolves carried that same margin going into the final quarter, but the host Vikings would not go away quietly.
Tennessee High kept within striking distance for most of the game and held an athletic Buford team to 34.7 percent shooting. One of the key differences was the Wolves grabbed 18 offensive rebounds.
Ashton Young and Donell Nixton led Buford with 14 points apiece. Young also had 12 rebounds.
Cade Mitchell and Christian Webb each had a dozen for the Vikings.
Trinity, Ky. 60, Dobyns-Bennett 44
The Indians led 29-28 at intermission, but could not solve a Shamrock zone that held them to just 15 second-half points.
While Charlie Browder led the Tribe with 13 points and Riamello Wadsworth had 10, no other Indians player had more than six. Wadsworth also had 10 rebounds for a double-double.
The Tribe went a four-minute, third-quarter stretch without a bucket and were outscored 18-5 in the penultimate period.
Without Louisville signee David Johnson, the Shamrocks were led by Stan Turnier and Kolton Rice with 17 points each.