Union managed to make 10 of its 22 attempts from beyond the 3-point line. Tyler Copp managed to hit four 3-pointers to go along with his 27 points on the night.
"(Union's) style of play is to spread out the floor, penetrate and kick it out," said Stanwood head coach Zach Ward. "They had some open looks, but we contested a lot of their shots. Credit to them for knocking almost half of them down."
Ward was sure to credit the play of senior guard Kurtis Hushagen, who scored 16 points off the bench for the Spartans.
"Kurtis was great off the bench," said Ward. "He plays really aggressive and he's just a good, high energy guy."
The Spartans knew going in that Union would be a touch matchup. Union won a 3A state championship in 2010.
"We knew playing (Union) was going to be a test for us," said Ward. "Playing the state champs from two years ago was a great challenge for us. We played well, but not perfect. It was a unique atmosphere for us to go down there and travel four hours to a place we've never been. We just have to bounce back tomorrow against Mountain View."
At Mountain View H.S.
Stanwood 15 15 20 24 -- 74
Union 21 12 25 23 -- 81
Stanwood--Mason Garcea 0, Josh Thayer 7, Cannen Roberson 14, Drew Stang 7, Ian Zipp 12, Brady Garcea 3, Kurtis Hushagen 16, Drew Sears 15. Union--Berry 3, Mercer 2, Tyler Copp 27, Paulson 12, Wu 14, Whalan 2, Davis 9, Cowan 8, Merfield 1, Robinson 3. 3-point goals--Thayer 2, Roberson 1, Zipp 1, B. Garcea 1, Sears 1, Copp 4, Paulson 4, Wu 1. Records--Stanwood 1-1 overall. Union not reported.
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