Spartans coach Patrick Damron is the first to admit that the Bears had a lot to do with that.
Big men Colby Addington and Tyler Vernon were too much for Eastside to handle as Union collected a 56-38 win.
“I thought we looked confused at times on the floor. That was a big issue for us early,” said Damron, the former St. Paul skipper who took over the Spartans reins this season.“They were real physical and pushed us around way too much. But give them credit, they’re a good team. They run their stuff well.”
Addington, 6-foot-4, led the Bears (2-0) with 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds. The 6-foot-6 Vernon added 19 points and hauled in nine boards. Vernon blocked five shots and scuttled again as many as the Spartans struggled to find a safe route to the hoop.
“He’s a big kid and he’s become pretty good at blocking shots, his timing and trying to play without fouling,” said Union coach Zack Moore, who kept Vernon in the lineup for 29 minutes. “Sometimes he saves a guy from getting beat off of the dribble or getting beat backdoor because he alters the shot.”
For the entire story, see the Dec. 5 edition of the Kingsport Times-News.