Brown Leads Union City to Battle Championship

M.J. Brown (Union City) wants to make this a memorable senior campaign.

As much as the defending Mr. Basketball in Class A would like to add another trophy to his burgeoning case at home. M. J. Brown wants to lead Union City to the state title in March.

Let's take a look at what we call the first step.

Union City unleashed it's patented running game and dispatched of a fiesty Livingston Academy squad 72-61 to capture the second annual Battle for the State Classic at Lipscomb University in Nashville.

Tourney MVP M.J. Brown finished with 18 points leading the Golden Tornadoes. Lavan Mosley and Andre Coby (Union City) added 13 and 12 respectively.

Chase Dunn (Livingston Academy) after back to back 30 point efforts finished with 16 to lead his Wildcats. Clint West (Livingston Academy) added 12 in the defeat.

Joining Brown on the All-Tournament squad were:

Michael Young (Riverdale)

Bryce Cardin (Independence)

T.J. Smith (Livingston Academy)

Jacob Stallings (Brentwood Academy)

Pat Polk (Union City)

Travis Dempsey (Sycamore)

Nik Brooks (Union City)

Casey Cosliglio (Independence)

Chase Dunn (Livingston Academy)


In the third place game Independence ran away from Sycamore 68-49 behind 20 markers from All-Tourney selection Casey Consiglio. The Eagles also got 13 from Travis Edington and 10 from Blake Cardin. Shane Staggs led Sycamore with 14.


In the fifth place game Jacob Stallings stroked a buzzer beater and finished with a game high 20 points leading his Brentwood Academy Eagles to a hard fought 52-50 victory over a tough Riverdale squad. Rob Murphy (Brentwood Academy) had a nice game hitting 16 points. All-Tourney selection Michael Young (Riverdale) led the Warriors with 14.