Grant stuns Nevada Union in OT
Fresh off last Friday’s thrilling, come-from-behind overtime win over Yuba City, Nevada Union’s varsity boys basketball team missed a chance at closing out the first half of Metro Conference play all alone atop the standings Wednesday.
The Miners fell at home to Grant in OT, 73-66.
Though the loss was disappointing enough for NU head coach Jeff Dellis and company, the way it came about was even more frustrating, the coach said.
“We led 53-48 with 50 seconds left,” said Dellis. “When you’re up five like that, you expect at that point, with good clock management, to be able to put the game away.
“But instead, we got two silly fouls and turned the ball over in the last minute. And that’s just not our style of basketball.”
The Pacers (10-11 overall, 2-4 Metro) capitalized on those miscues to push the game to overtime. Point guard Justin Booker hit three free throws, after being fouled on a 3-point attempt, to tie game 53-53 at the end of regulation, and NU’s desperation shot at the buzzer fell short.
Grant then tore off 20 points in the OT session for the win.
“Grant is a very athletic team and they just got everybody back,” Dellis said, adding that Booker just returned from a suspension, Ronnie Allen from an injury and Eric Webster transferred in from San Juan.
Webster led Grant with 24 points, while Booker buried three 3-pointers and 13 of 13 free throws for 22 points. Allen had 14 points, all of which, Dellis said, came off offensive rebounds.
Senior Zane Edwards led NU with 19, while junior Brennan McFadden scored 15 and senior Jason Roenicke scored 10.
The loss drops Nevada Union (12-8 overall) to 4-2 in Metro action and into a four-way tie for first place in league standings. Yuba City, Kennedy and McClatchy also share the same 4-2 Metro mark.
NU returns to action Tuesday, when the Miners host Johnson.
Bruins keep on rollin’
The Bear River girls basketball team continued its dominance of the Pioneer Valley League with its 62-25 win over host Oakmont (Roseville).
The Bruins (17-2 overall, 6-0 PVL), who posted a 12-0 league mark last season, have won 18 straight PVL games.
Allison Cooley led the way for the visitors with 15 points.
Lauren Juric had 10 points and a team-best six rebounds. Chelsea Haverty chipped in 10 points and tied Chrysten Cotney for the team-high with four steals.
Karli Kephart dished out five assists.
The Bruins will play at Lincoln 7:30 p.m. Friday.
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EL DORADO — Nevada Union’s up and down season continued Friday night as the Miners struggled mightily in a 41-7 loss to the Union Mine Diamondbacks.