Warrior men post winning record at midway point

Ben Vasconcellos, a junior from Maryland, takes the ball down court during the Warriors win over Calvary Bible College on Dec. 3. For more photos from this year's season, visit the Warrior's fan page on Facebook

The Union College Warrior men’s basketball team headed into the Christmas break riding a three game winning streak to a record of 8-4 on the season.

After dropping their first two games of the season to Hesston College (83-103) and Southeast Community College (51-82), the Warrior men have won eight of their last 10 games, including a come-from-behind victory at Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa, on December 6.

“We were down 12 points at the half and came back and won by three,” said Teddy Griffin, a junior guard. “We feel like we have the confidence and ability to not only compete with, but win against the teams we face, and I believe our record shows that.”

Griffin believes their team record is a reflection of the talents of the entire roster. “The team has such depth that when a player is substituted, the man replacing him has the same capabilities and strengths and we don’t suffer on the court,” he said. “That's what makes our team so dangerous, the fact that no matter who we put on the court, every single player can make plays.”

First introduced in 1986, Union's basketball team does not belong to an athletic conference, but does play a full season each year against other colleges in the region. The men will kick off the second half of the season by hosting Ozark Christian College in the Thunderdome on January 12 at 7 p.m.

Despite a 3-8 record, the Warrior women's team headed into Christmas break on a positive note with a win against Faith Baptist Bible College on Dec. 6 (51-45). The women resume the season after Christmas break, traveling to Salina, Kan., to take on the Brown Mackie College junior varsity team on January 10 at 7 p.m.