HANOVERTON - Using a stifling defense, Salem was able to spoil United's senior night with a 45-21 victory on Wednesday.
Salem finished 16-6 in the regular season.
"We did a good job defensively," Hart said. "We just struggled transitioning the turnovers into points. We missed too many easy layups."
The Quakers used a full-court press early and often, forcing a young United squad to make hurried shots and sloppy turnovers. United trailed 24-2 at the half and did not score a field goal until the third quarter. The Eagles only first-half points were two free throws from Braden Davison.
Despite the low score, it was actually a record-breaking night for Salem senior Ryan Bush. He broke Salem's single-season scoring record of 500 points held by Bill Beery since 1963, but it was not of much concern to Bush.
"Yeah I heard," Bush said. "I really didn't care. They always try to look for me since I'm the scorer. (Brendan) Webb, our point guard, does a good job of spreading the ball. We did a good job on defense too."
UNITED: 2- 0-4-1521
SALEM SCORING: Ryan Bush 5-5-15, Austin Frank 1-3-5, Mike Madison 0-0-0, Zack Wakotich 2-0-4, Brendan Webb 2-0-4, Brooks Bezon 0-0-0, Mike Popa 0-0-0, Zach Economus 1-2-5, Rocco Davanzo 1-0-2, Max Wolfgang 3-1-7, Eric Madison 1-1-3 TOTALS: 16, 12-27: 45.
UNITED SCORING: Brandon Miller 0-0-0, Caleb Berdine 1-1-4, Garrett Beech 0-0-0, Cody Dickens 0-0-0, Andrew Martin 0-0-0, Ben Sell 0-0-0, Caleb Conser 2-0-4, Braden Davison 2-5-9, Jake Wolni 1-2-4, Nick Althouse 0-0-0, Tyler Plummer 0-0-0, Brandon Whaley 0-0-0 TOTALS: 6, 8-14: 21.
Three-pointers: Salem 1 (Economus), United 1 (Berdine).
Bush led all scorers with 15 points. He raised his season total to 502 points, averaging 22.8 points a game.
"You've got to know where he is at all times," United coach Matt Mowery said. "If you had told me before the game that we would hold him to 15 points I would actually be pleased."
Bush wasn't Salem's only offensive weapon. Max Wolfgang added seven points and eight rebounds, while Austin Frank chipped in five points and five rebounds.
The 21 points were a season low for the Eagles, who scored in the 20s for the fifth game this season.
Davison led United with nine points, while Garrett Beech had seven rebounds. United drops to 2-20, but Mowery was pleased with his team's effort for this game, as well as for the future.
"Salem scores 70 points a game," he said. "We tried to hold the ball and work for good shots. We shot too many threes, missed some layups. They just weren't falling for us tonight. Defensively I was pleased. We didn't give up. The second half was basically even. Salem has (10) seniors on their team. We have two. This is a young team. Everyone will be back next year."
Both teams open sectional tournament play next week. Salem will take on Lakeview in Boardman on Tuesday. United will face the RootsownLouisville St. Aquinas in Salem on Wednesday.
In junior varsity action, Salem handed United a 45-28 defeat. Salem's Ryan Hoover led all scorers with 19. United's Ben Sell had 10.