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Barnes 3 lifts Gate City over Union in district opener

January 7th, 2014 11:02 pm by Dave Ongie

Barnes 3 lifts Gate City over Union in district opener

Gate City's Jordan Gose (23) tries to shoot under pressure from Union during Tuesday's game in Gate City. (Ned Jilton II photo)

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GATE CITY — Each team had its moments during Tuesday night’s boys basketball game between Gate City and Union, but John Reed Barnes stole the show in the final seconds.

Barnes knocked down the game-winning 3-pointer with 12.4 seconds remaining to send the Blue Devils to a 57-54 Mountain District victory over the Bears.

Union jumped out to a 23-10 lead in the first quarter, but a 22-8 run by Gate City put the Devils up by a point at the half. 

The game went back and forth in the final period until Gate City found itself with the ball and a chance to win in the final 30 seconds. The Devils almost fumbled away the ball at the foul line before Dylan Jenkins gained possession and shuffled it out to Barnes, who calmly drilled a jumper from a few feet behind the 3-point line.

Union’s final shot fell off the mark as the buzzer sounded. 

Jenkins led Gate City (2-3, 1-0) with 19 points and Barnes added 12.

Logan Schoolcraft scored 17 points to pace Union (4-4, 0-1). Noah Davis scored 14 and Logan Mullins added 13.

The Lady Blue Devils struggled to score at times in their game but used some extra effort to run away from the Lady Bears.

Gate City grabbed 24 offensive rebounds, forced 17 turnovers and pulled away for a 59-37 victory.

Gate City’s dynamic duo of Jordan and Morgan Gose managed to outscore the Lady Bears by themselves, combining for 44 points.  Jordan led the way with 23, including 12 during the pivotal third quarter. The Lady Devils (10-1, 1-0) outscored Union 18-6 in that frame to take a 46-26 lead.

Sydney McKinney dropped in 13 points to pace Union (4-4, 0-1) and Hannah Dysart scored 10.

For an expanded version of this article, please see Wednesday's print edition or our electronic edition.

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