Defense sparks NU win
The Union Staff
Defense set the tone virtually from the opening tipoff on Wednesday night when the Nevada Union boys basketball team rolled to an 85-51 Metro League victory at Yuba City.
The league-leading Miners (5-1, 15-7) began the game with a 12-0 run and never looked back en route to its fourth straight win in a game that marked the midway point of the league season. Afterward, coach Jeff Dellis was quick to credit the Miners’ defensive effort.
“Defensively, we were really active,” he said. “We just got a lot of hands on balls and had a lot of deflections that created a lot of turnovers, and those resulted in a lot of transition baskets.
“We had been kind of disappointed in our defense lately, but tonight we defended, we created turnovers, we created defensive rebounds and we got out and ran, and we really haven’t done that since December.”
Three players scored in double figures to lead the Miners offensively. Tyler Smith led the way with a solid all-around performance that included 21 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals. Jared Vogel added 18 points and two assists, while Dave Weberg scored 10.
Nevada Union led 18-7 after one quarter and extended the margin to 47-23 at halftime. Dellis was able to pull the starters midway through the third quarter.
“It was a really good team effort,” he said. “Our reserves have not had a lot of playing time in a while, so it was nice they were able to get some minutes in. And not only did they get minutes, they extended our lead at the end.”
Travis Edwards contributed eight points, three rebounds, two assists and three blocked shots; and Kevin Nelson had five points and nine assists. James Brindley and Joey Puleo had five points and three steals each, while Brian Jackson chipped in with five points and two steals.
Nevada Union returns to action tonight with a key rematch at home against Granite Bay. The Miners absorbed their only league loss at Granite Bay on Jan. 4 – a 50-49 thriller.
JV: Nevada Union 45, Yuba City 38
The Miners jumped out to a 14-8 first-quarter lead and held on the rest of the way to remain unbeaten in league.
Nick Cancilla scored 13 points, freshman Don Wivholm scored 12 with three 3-pointers and Tim Conde scored 10 to lead the offense. Trevor Wade contributed two points and five blocked shots.
By winning, the Miners improved their league record to 7-0 (11-8 overall).
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New season. New co-head coaches. Same expectations.