It took extra time, but for the fans that stuck around and stayed, it was worth it. The Union Titans will move on to the 4A semifinals after beating Jackson 66-65 on Thursday night. Titan senior Jordan Chatman drilled a three-pointer at the top of the key with under a minute left in overtime to vault Union into the semifinals.
Union (20-5) led throughout much of Thursday's contest, but relinquished its lead with under a minute to go in regulation after Jackson sophomore Jason Todd hit two free throws to take the 60-58 lead. Union's senior guard Tanner Nelson then was fouled with 9.6 seconds left; he proceeded to hit two free-throws of his own, and the game was sent to overtime.
Chatman and Nelson led Union each with 20 points, while Sam Brown and Jason Todd each scored 24 and 22 points respectively for Jackson (19-8).
The Timber Wolves probably practiced for Union's relentless fast-pace style of game, but they could not beat the real thing in Thursday's quarterfinal game between the two schools. The Union Titans used a full-court press and a quick-hitting offense all night long.
Union will play the winner of the Garfield/Central Valley game at 9 p.m. on Friday night, while Jackson will get the loser of the same game at a 2 p.m. on Friday.