PREP BASKETBALL: Nevada Union notches win over Nipomo | TheUnion.com

PREP BASKETBALL: Nevada Union notches win over Nipomo

The Union staff

The Nevada Union boys basketball team earned its first victory of the young season, topping Nipomo, 59-37, in the second round of the Morro Bay Tournament Friday.

The Miners (1-1) dropped their first game of the tourney on Thursday, but rebounded nicely on Friday with a convincing win.

Nevada Union held a 29-16 edge over Nipomo at halftime and never looked back, scoring 21 more points in the third quarter to pull away.

The Miners got a big game from junior forward Dawson Fay, who notched a team-high 24 points.

Sophomore guard Justin Gardner added eight points, and junior guard Riley Japhet-Gekas also chipped in eight points, including two 3-pointers.

In the opening game of the tourney, the Miners lost, 61-44, to a tough Pioneer Valley team from Santa Maria. Nevada Union trailed at the half, 32-22, and never recovered.

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Senior guard Jack Fraser tallied 14 points to lead the Miners. Senior Hayden Fay added 11 points.

Nevada Union is coming off 2016-17 campaign in which they went 10-17 overall and 1-11 in Sierra Foothill League play.

The Miners do return a handful of starters from last season, but have been hampered by some preseason injuries to key players.

Nevada Union has two games left in the Morro Bay tourney before returning home for next week's Nevada Union Invitational Tournament.

Coaches may submit game reports by email at wford@theunion.com or by phone at 530-477-4232. Deadline for submission is 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday.