Union County High School cheerleaders support the boys basketball team during a basketball game against Seton in Liberty Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014.
LIBERTY, Ind. — It was a night where the defense ruled.
In this case, it was the visiting Seton Catholic defense.
A swarming, half-court zone paced the visiting Cardinals Tuesday night to an eight point halftime lead over host Union County in varsity boys basketball.
Then, fighting off a big second half rally from UC, Seton scored 13 of the last 15 points to come-from-behind and beat the Patriots 51-43 on Wilbur Curry Court in the Roy Stevens Gymnasium.
Seton won its first game of the year, after an opening game loss to Centerville, while the Pats fell to 0-2 on the young season.
Junior Desmond Bane and sophomore Billie Webster combined for 37 points for the Cardinals, with Bane adding 12 rebounds, unofficially, to his game-high 20 points.
“We really worked on our defense before this game, we knew that we wanted to win it with defense tonight (Tuesday), and our defense prevailed,” Bane said of the Cardinal effort.
On offense, Seton got to the line with aggressive drives to the basket, hitting 19-of-25 free throws in the contest, including 12 charity tosses in the fourth quarter alone. All 16 Seton field goals were two-pointers.
Meanwhile, Union County hit six treys, but just 17-of-56 field goals overall against the Seton pressure defense.
“I couldn’t have been more proud of how my kids played, to play defense like that, and lock up the offense,” said Seton head coach Josh Jurgens.
Union County coach Mark Detweiler said his team is searching for a set lineup, and a point guard.
“We did a lot of things well, but only played well for a stretch,” Detweiler said. “We need to find consistency throughout the game, but it is still early in the season,”
Dillon Miller led Union County with 16 points, including four treys. Logan Sanford had 11, with two three-pointers, and Bryce Fields had two key two-point field goals early in the fourth quarter. A Miller try put UC up 41-38 before Seton’s late run from the free throw line.
Both teams return to action on the road Friday night, with Seton visiting nearby National Trail (Ohio) and Union County going to Knightstown.
CARDINALS 51, PATRIOTS 43
SETON CATHOLIC (1-1)-Bane 6 8-9 20, Webster 6 5-6 17, Pipenger 1 1-1 3, J. Rogers 2 1-2 5, Washington 1 4-7 6, Z. Rogers 0 0-0 0. Totals-16 19-25 51.
UNION COUNTY (0-2)-B. Fields 3 0-0 6, Sanford 3 3-4 11, Miller 6 0-0 16, Felton 0 0-0 0, M. Fields 1 0-0 2, Lakes 1 0-0 2, Scott 0 0-0 0, Dearth 0 0-0 0, Wicker 3 0-1 6. Totals-17 3-5 43.
Seton Catholic 10 15 10 16 – 51
Union County 11 7 17 9 – 43