Pirates outlast Union at home

Grant Behrens (13) cuts to the hoop against Hudson on Jan. 29. Behrens led his team with 17 points and was a force at the rim and beyond the arc. The Knights took the loss with a final score of 62-53. Darvin Graham/North Tama Telegraph

LA PORTE CITY — The Knights boys team faced off against Hudson in a rematch against of one of the team’s closest games from earlier in the season.

In mid-December, Union came out with a 56-51 win over Hudson behind a balanced scoring attack and several more attempts at the free throw line.

On Friday the Pirates flipped the script on the Knights, outshooting them from the field and from the free throw line.

The Knights came out strong in the first quarter, outscoring the Pirates 17-11.

From that point on however, Hudson was able to sync their shooting with their pace and aggressiveness on the court and outscored Union in each of the remaining three quarters. The final score Friday ended with Hudson winning 62-53.

Union forward Grant Behrens led all scorers with 17 points, just one off his season high total. Sophomore guard Ty Lorenzen was next with 15 points and five assists. Both Lorenzen and Behrens were 2-for-3 from the three-point line.

TJ Freeland put together another active night on both ends of the court, scoring 10 points and leading his team with seven rebounds.

Hudson’s offense meanwhile was a bit more spread out with only two players scoring in double digits. The Pirates were led in scoring by 6-foot-5 senior Carter Swope who had 14 points.

Additionally, three Hudson players contributed eight points each and two more put in six points each. The Pirates bench would also outscore Union 14-8.

The Knights bounced back a few days later as they got a 69-51 road win over a struggling Oelwein team.