Bradford, Union both lose on day two of Kiwanis tourney
BY CLIFF SMELLEY
Union County High School came up short in its bid to play in the championship game, while Bradford High School will have to settle for seventh place at best after the second day of action at the Lake Area McDonald’s-Kiwanis Club of Starke boys’ basketball tournament at Bradford High School.
A basket by Alphonso Brown pulled Union to within 43-42 with 1:27 to play, but the Tigers could not overtake Creekside, losing 47-42 on Dec. 19.
The Tigers (5-6) would’ve played Gainesville for the tournament championship if they had won, but will now settle for playing for the consolation trophy on Saturday, Dec. 20, against Oakleaf at 7 p.m.
Brown led Union with 16 points, while Fred Sirmones and Franklin Williams each had seven.
Bradford (3-8) fell to 0-2 in the tournament after a 51-47 loss to Glynn Academy on Dec. 19. The Tornadoes had possession of the ball and a chance to tie or win, but an errant pass with less than six seconds remaining allowed Glynn to pull out the win.
Oliver Griffin did his best to try to propel the team to victory, scoring 13 of his game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter.
Joquez Ivey added nine points for Bradford, which will play IMG Academy on Dec. 20 at 4 p.m.
The remaining two games in the tournament will pit Glynn Academy against Miami Northwestern at 5:30 p.m. for fifth place, while Gainesville will play Creekside for the championship at 8:30 p.m.
Admission is $5.