The Union City boys’ basketball team recovered from a slow start to win its Class C district opener by a score of 61-56 against Bronson on Monday night.
Bronson led 16-5 after the first quarter, but Union City stormed back to take the lead after outscoring the Vikings by a 43-25 margin in the second and third quarters combined.
“We’re a young team so we knew we just had to survive that first quarter and then in the second our defensive intensity took over and carried us the rest of the way,” said Union City coach Ben Chard.
Darren Austin led the way for the Chargers with 20 points, four steals and some key free throws down the stretch.
“Darren Austin showed some leadership for us tonight, especially in the second and third quarters,” Chard said. “He was 6-6 from the line, he handled the ball well for us and made several big defensive plays.”
Also for Union City (7-13) Cody Cable scored 11 points and Lucas Vaccaro scored 11 points with 10 rebounds.
For Bronson, Sean Kenny scored 16 points and Eric Toledo scored 10.
Class B at Marshall
Marshall 59, Delton Kellogg 45: Marshall’s Angus Bennett scored 13 points, Landry Reynolds scored 11 points, Jacob Brubaker had 10 points and Tyler Torrey scored nine in the win for the Redhawks (5-16). Delton Kellogg was led by Jeff Minehart’s 27 points and nine rebounds. Also for DK, Troy Wooden had six points and seven assists and Anthony Houtrow had five points and seven rebounds.
Class B at Three Rivers
Edwardsburg 63, Coldwater 46: Ryan Mock had 19 points and scored 10 rebounds in the loss for Coldwater. Also for the Cardinals, Luke Beckhusen scored seven points and Scout Case had seven assists.
Class C at Galesburg-Augusta
Maple Valley 45, Galesburg-Augusta 30: Maple Valley was led by Luis Martinez with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Also for the Lions (17-4), Anthony Mahler, Micah Bromley and Sam Benedict had eight points apiece, while Bromley also had five assists. Austin Douglas scored nine points to lead G-A.
Class D at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix
Climax-Scotts 55, Kalamazoo Phoenix 49: Climax-Scotts’ Dallas Froberg scored 25 points and Ethan Vosburg had 17 points and four steals in the Panthers’ playoff win. Also for the Panthers (12-9), Sam Eshuis had six points and eight rebounds.
Class D at Burr Oak
Athens 51, Colon 35: Jake Iles scored 14 points with four rebounds and four assists to lead Athens past Colon in its district opener at Burr Oak. Also for the Indians (10-10), Hayden Bowersox had 12 points and nine rebounds. Leading Colon was Bradley Brittingham with 10 points and Billy Vaughn with seven points.
Class D at Martin
Martin 58, Calhoun Christian 51: Cameron Hiscock had a double-double with 15 points, 12 rebounds and five assists for Calhoun Christian. Dustin Thorne added 13 points and five steals for the Cougars (10-8).
Class D at Jackson Christian
Bellevue 69, Tekonsha 35: Ethan Bloch had a game-high 27 points with six rebounds and four steals to lead the way for a streaking Bellevue team that’s won eight games in a row. Tony Reid scored 14 points with seven boards, Cole Madry had 10 points and seven rebounds and Chris Patterson added 10 points and five rebounds in the win for the Broncos (14-6).
BOYS’ BASKETBALL DISTRICTS*
Niles 50, Portage Central 46
Portage Northern 48, Mattawan 37
St. Joseph 50, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 43
Holt 68, Battle Creek Central 64
Mason 60, Jackson 58
Richland Gull Lake 59, Battle Creek Lakeview 40
Haslett 66, DeWitt 46
Lansing Eastern 47, Lansing Waverly 45
Okemos 57, East Lansing 54, OT
Byron Center 56, Caledonia 42
East Grand Rapids 47, East Kentwood 46
Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills 57, Middleville Thornapple Kellogg 56
Holland 46, Holland West Ottawa 43
Jenison 59, Zeeland East 51
Wyoming 71, Grandville 39
Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills 50, Muskegon Mona Shores 45
Muskegon 53, Grand Haven 35
Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern 58, Greenville 40
Grand Rapids Northview 71, Lowell 54
Rockford 59, Cedar Springs 5a5
Grand Blanc 92, Holly 86
Flint Carman-Ainsworth 71, Davison 49
Swartz Creek 56, Lapeer West 38
Flushing 66, Owosso 31
Saginaw 53, Saginaw Arthur Hill 51
Midland Dow 58, Bay City Western 43
Mount Pleasant 88, Bay City Central 48
Alpena 47, Marquette 34
Traverse City Central 50, Petoskey 49
Traverse City West 63, Gaylord 51
Monroe 55, Saline 43
*Complete state district results at