Union missed its first six shots of the game and ultimately fell to the Falcons 64-48 on Wednesday afternoon at Viking Hall.
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 said 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., and Tabernacle will play Bearden at 4 p.m. on Thursday.
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 slim five point lead coming out of halftime at 40-35 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 jumped 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 for Morristown East while Conner Jordan netted 27. 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 will play 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 that gave them 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 stayed 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.