Daleville celebrates historical homecoming win over Union City

<p>Daleville junior Noah Colvin holds the ball Nov. 28 in a game against Delta at Delta High School. David Moore, DN.</p>

Daleville junior Noah Colvin holds the ball Nov. 28 in a game against Delta at Delta High School. David Moore, DN.

The gymnasium at Daleville Junior-Senior High School was packed with a roaring home crowd as the Daleville Broncos (11-6) took on the Union City Indians (8-9) on homecoming night. In an exciting game, Daleville managed to defend their home court with a final score of 77-59. 

Coming into the game, the Broncos were on a three-game win streak and 7-1 at home. Daleville kept the game competitive but struggled in the first half to counter Union City’s aggressive defense and barrage of threes.

“Our first half wasn’t Broncos’ basketball,” Daleville head coach Ashley Fouch said. “We didn’t have the first half. Our energy was low and energy is everything with my team. It carries us.”

A surge of energy came out in the second half led by senior Meryck Adams. Adams, who finished the game with 21 points, put on a show in the third quarter from beyond the arch, shooting his way into the history books as he broke the school record for career 3-pointers made, bringing his total to 195 for the Broncos. 

“It’s almost like it was written up. I never imagined [doing it] on homecoming night in my senior year,” Adams said. “I’m glad I got to do it with this group. I grew up with these guys, and to do something you love and set a record on top of that is a great feeling.” 

His head coach could not believe what she witnessed. 

“I’m just proud of him,” Fouch said. “I wish I could’ve just stopped the whole game and give him a big hug. He deserves everything.” 

Fouch was also prideful in Adam’s growth as a leader for the Broncos this year. 

“His growth as a leader from year one to right now is tremendous, and I’m just so proud of everything he’s going to accomplish.” 

Daleville kept the energy and momentum going into the fourth quarter. The Broncos, who went into the game scoring a season average of around eight points in the fourth, tallied up 20 points.  

Senior Koleman Newsome turned in an impressive performance as he used the quarter to score 17 of his 25 points. 

Daleville will look to continue to ride off of their ecstatic performance as they return to their home court on Saturday, Feb. 10. They will play the Eastern Comets (10-9) with the game starting at 6 p.m. 

Contact Hayden Hamrick with comments via email at hehamrick@bsu.edu