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Sheffield falls to Union City

SHEFFIELD — It was a slow start and a deflated fourth quarter that led to Sheffield falling to Union City for the second time within a week, 73-65, on Saturday. This was the Wolverines third game in four days, and head coach Jordan Copley acknowledged the toll that takes on the team.

“The physical energy just was low,” said Copley. “That’s a lot of games to be played. It leaves no time to condition as well. On our one practice day, it’s not like you want to run them and wear them out even more.”

Union City’s Bryce Drayer and Cole DeSimone both sunk two 3-pointers apiece in the first quarter to give the Bears the early 20-12 lead going into the second. Sheffield outscored the Bears, 43-27, in the second and third quarters, with Wolverines’ Tyler Hepinger scoring a majority of his 28 team-leading points within that time span. Conner Johnson scored all of his 11 in the second and third as well.

“Defensively we got to get better. Down the stretch we can’t allow anybody score twenty-some points in the fourth quarter,” said Copley.

That anybody was Union City’s Matthew Bennett who dropped 20 of his team leading 34 in the fourth quarter alone. One week prior, Bennett put up 20 in the second half to lead the Bears to a comeback in that matchup as well.

“He did a great job of getting to the basket in the fourth quarter on us,” said Copley of Bennett. “We couldn’t stop him. Tyler (Hepinger) as well, was able to get to the basket, but unfortunately if you can’t stop a team from scoring you can’t win a game.”

SHEFFIELD (65)

Albaugh 1 0-0 2, McNeal 2 4-4 8, T. Richards 2 0-0 7, Hepinger 7 8-11 28, Finch 2 1-1 5, Copley 0 4-8 4, Johnson 2 1-1 11, Silvis 0 0-0 0, Mott-Macalush 0 0-0 0, Lauffenberger 0 0-0 0, Hardwick 0 0-0 0, A. Richards 0 0-0 0, Totals 16 18-26 65.

UNION CITY (73)

DeSimone 6 3-4 21, Post 2 1-2 5, Shaffer 0 0-0 0, Drayer 1 0-0 8, Kosienski 0 0-0 0, Uber 1 0-0 2, Bennett 8 12-13 34, Wingard 0 0-0 0, Sherwood 0 0-0 0, McCaslin 0 0-0 0, James 1 1-1 3, Magee 0 0-0 0, Vantassel 0 0-0 0, Blakeslee 0 0-0 0, Haskell 0 0-0 0, Totals 18 17-20 73.

3-point goals — Hepinger 2, Johnson 2, Richards, DeSimone 2, Bennett 2, Drayer 2.

Sheffield 12 22 21 10 — 65

Union City 20 17 10 26 — 73

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