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Union’s Jordan Flood Hopes to Help Team to State


JORDAN FLOOD



You know what they say about perennial powers. They just re-load.

That’s exactly what Union has done this season with players like Jordan Flood putting up points.

Flood, a senior guard, is second in team scoring, averaging 15 points per game. But that matters not to him.

“I don’t care about points and stats,” he says. “I only care about wins. That’s all I’m chasing right now. You can’t get to the championship without a win.”

Flood and Michiah McQuarters have filled in spots that were vacated last year by graduation, and along with Mo Garcia, the lone starter from last year’s team that went unbeaten until the state semifinals, they appear on a course to take the Redskins back to the state tournament.

“It’s crazy, especially coming off the bench last year,” Flood says. “I had to come up and play a huge role after losing all those seniors, just coming out and playing basketball. That’s what I wanted to do. I knew that coming in, we didn’t know what we had. Somebody had to step up. Mo, Michiah and I, we’re all playing good. We also have people coming off the bench playing good. I’m glad we’re doing that.”

Flood made a game-winning shot for Union on Jan. 26 in a game at Bishop Kelley. His basket with five seconds remaining gave the Redskins a 52-51 victory over the Comets that night.

“It was crazy. We were playing poorly in that game. We could have played better against Bishop Kelley, I think. But when it comes down to it, you only have five seconds. In my mind, it was ‘get down the court and go score.’ Luckily, I saw (an opening) and I completed the play. It was a big layup for us,” Flood says.
The Bishop Kelley game was a favorite moment for Flood.

“I never had a buzzer-beater like that. After I saw those triple zeros hit, it’s kind of crazy to me. That was my favorite play in my career,” he says.

Three nights before the Kelley game, Union (14-4 and ranked fourth in Class 6A as of Feb. 1) was dealt a 68-55 loss to top-ranked Broken Arrow. Flood denies any letdown.
“We definitely have rebounded from that. B.A. is a good team. We could have done better against them, but we rebounded from that,” Flood says.

Union closed the month of January with a win against an Owasso team on the rise. The victory snapped a 13-game winning streak by the Rams. Owasso was a big test, and the Redskins know they have more coming from teams such as Sand Springs, Sapulpa and Bartlesville before the regional tournament starts on Feb. 22.

The competition is fun to Flood and that’s what he likes about it.

“I just love competing out there in every game, seeing each team with different styles of play and different players. It’s just all kinds of variety of games,” he says. “I just love going out there competing and having fun.”

Flood says he is a fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder and loves Russell Westbrook.
“I love his energy so much, it is just amazing,” Flood says. “He comes out with fire and passion every game. It’s just crazy how much he can keep on going and keep on playing like that. I love watching him play. I see him screaming, hollering, he has so much energy which is just amazing. I definitely try to play like him and match his energy.”

Another big moment for the Redskins came last month when they won the Jenks/Union Invitational, which they played the title game at their arena. Wins came against Enid, Booker T. Washington and Edmond Santa Fe.

“It was an important tournament for us to win because we had to make a statement,” Flood says. “The teams we played, those were statement wins for us and we had to make a statement somehow, and beating Booker T., with them having four D-I players, was a good one. Then we had to come out and play again against Edmond Santa Fe. That was another statement we had to make. We’re just making statements for us right now.”

Beating BTW carried a lot of weight since the Redskins had their dreams for a perfect season shattered by the Hornets in last year’s semi-finals. Flood says, “They have some of the guys from last year, and we still taste that feeling because we have some guys from this year too. We wanted revenge and we needed that win. That’s what we got.”

Flood believes Union will see Broken Arrow again.

“If we see them again, we have to match the intensity,” he says. “They came out on fire last time. We have to match that intensity every game.”

In closing, Flood expresses his appreciation for his loved ones.

“A shout out to my mom, my grandma, my step-dad and my brother,” he says. “That’s my family. They come out to every game supporting me. I love them.”

Updated 02-20-2018

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