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Bradford, Union both lose on day two of Kiwanis tourney

Drian Jenkins (right) challenges Glynn Academy’s Dominique Walker.

Drian Jenkins (right) challenges Glynn Academy’s Dominique Walker.


BY CLIFF SMELLEY

Staff Writer

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.

The Tornadoes’ Oliver Griffin (right) looks to put a shot up in traffic.

The Tornadoes’ Oliver Griffin (right) looks to put a shot up in traffic.


Bradford’s Oliver Griffin (left) goes strong to the basket.

Bradford’s Oliver Griffin (left) goes strong to the basket.

A.J. McNeal (far left) and Oliver Griffin (far right) attempt to get to a loose ball before Glynn Academy’s Dominique Walker.

A.J. McNeal (far left) and Oliver Griffin (far right) attempt to get to a loose ball before Glynn Academy’s Dominique Walker.

Bradford’s A.J. McNeal (center) fights his way through two defenders.

Bradford’s A.J. McNeal (center) fights his way through two defenders.

Bradford’s Drian Jenkins (right) gets his shot blocked by Dominique Walker.

Bradford’s Drian Jenkins (right) gets his shot blocked by Dominique Walker.

Joquez Ivey (left) of Bradford passes the ball.

Joquez Ivey (left) of Bradford passes the ball.

 Bradford’s Larry Highsmith (right) goes up for a shot in the first half.


Bradford’s Larry Highsmith (right) goes up for a shot in the first half.

Franklin Williams (left) puts up a shot for the Tigers in the second half.

Franklin Williams (left) puts up a shot for the Tigers in the second half.

Daryl Watkins pulls up to shoot a jumper between Creekside’s J’Michael Plummer and Jameson Powell.

Daryl Watkins pulls up to shoot a jumper between Creekside’s J’Michael Plummer and Jameson Powell.

Union’s Fred Sirmones (right) makes a leaping interception of a pass.

Union’s Fred Sirmones (right) makes a leaping interception of a pass.

Parker Hodgson (right) attempts to dribble past Creekside’s James Tolar.

Parker Hodgson (right) attempts to dribble past Creekside’s James Tolar.

Union’s Antonio Hendrieth (right) puts up a tough shot.

Union’s Antonio Hendrieth (right) puts up a tough shot.

Union’s Alphonso Brown (center) grabs a rebound between Creekside’s William Beiswenger and Jameson Powell.

Union’s Alphonso Brown (center) grabs a rebound between Creekside’s William Beiswenger and Jameson Powell.

Alphonso Brown (far left) puts up a shot for the Tigers.

Alphonso Brown (far left) puts up a shot for the Tigers.

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