The Nevada Union boys basketball team opened the Sierra Foothill League season Thursday night with a thrilling double-overtime road victory over Woodcreek, 75-68.
After trailing by eight at halftime, the Miners chipped away at the Timberwolves’ lead, getting it down to four by the final quarter of regulation.
In the fourth, NU outscored Woodcreek 14-10, sending the game to overtime tied at 48.
The Miners jumped all over the Timberwolves in the first overtime, building a six-point lead with just nine seconds left on the clock.
That’s when Woodcreek’s Nick Howe hit a near-half-court 3-pointer to cut the lead in half. The Miners turned the ball over on the subsequent inbound play, and Howe banked in another 3-pointer to send the game into double overtime.
In the final stanza of the game, NU rebounded from the first overtime collapse and showed their grit by controlling the tempo and getting the ball in the hands captain Cody Gardner. The senior scored eight of his 18 points on the night in the final overtime as NU closed out the back-and-forth affair.
“I want to talk about the impact the seniors had in this game,” NU head coach Jeff Dellis said. “Sean (Zuccaro), Jason (Mickel), Elliot (Fournier), and Cody (Gardner), those four kids made it their team tonight. I couldn’t be prouder of them and how they stepped up.”
Zuccaro, who runs the Miners offense, finished the night with seven points and six assists and drew the task of guarding Woodcreek’s best player, Noah Blackwell. The talented Blackwell finished with 19 points but took more than 20 shots to get there.
“Sean stepped up and was a field general for us. He captained our team tonight,” said Dellis.
The Miners’ big man in the middle, Lucas Vojak, led the way offensively with career highs in points with 32 and rebounds with 20.
“They had no answer for Lucas tonight,” Dellis said.
The Miners will enjoy this victory over the weekend but get back to work Tuesday when they host Rocklin.
JV: Woodcreek 51, Nevada Union 40
The Miners struggled from the field all night, and it led to an 11-point loss to Woodcreek in their SFL opener.
NU got 11 points from Lukas Sweigart, eight from Toby Carter and seven from Trevor Humphrys in the loss.
The Miners (10-8, 0-1 SFL) take the court again Tuesday when they host Rocklin.
Forest Lake Christian 67, Cristo Rey 40
The Falcons used balanced scoring Thursday night to take down the Saints in a Central Valley California League matchup.
Chase Augustino led the Falcons in the win with 14 points, including four first-half 3-pointers. Luke Jordan was second on the team in scoring with 11 points, and four other Falcons tallied eight each.
FLC (12-5, 2-1 CVCL) will have little time to rest as it takes the court again today against Foresthill.
Lincoln 51, Bear River 44
The Bruins lost their Pioneer Valley League opener Thursday night, falling to the Fighting Zebras by seven.
Bear River held an 18-15 lead at the end of the first quarter and trailed by only four at the half, but a 17-6 third-quarter run by Lincoln put the game out of reach for the Bruins.
Justin Beskeen led Bear River with 10 points, Michael Raigoza added nine, Travis Anderson chipped in nine, and Nick Bachus scored eight.
Bear River (13-4, 0-1 PVL) will look to notch its first PVL win Tuesday when it hosts last season’s champ, Foothill.
JV: Bear River 45, Lincoln 40
The Bruins charged back from a 10-point halftime deficit to get the five-point win over PVL foe Lincoln.
Heading into the second half, the Bruins trailed 24-14, but a 21-8 third quarter propelled them into the lead. In the fourth, Bear River hit 8-of-11 free throws down the stretch to seal the game.
Dave Maestrella led the offense with 11 points, and David O’Brien led the defense and scored nine points along the way.
Josh Davis and Ben O’Lena each chipped in eight points, and Connor Hollister pulled down nine rebounds in the game.
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