Honkers even score against Nevada Union
After an exciting home overtime win for the Nevada Union boys basketball team on Jan. 23 against Yuba City, most knew that the Honkers would be out to get the Miners with more ferocity than ever in Tuesday’s meeting.
The combination of a motivated Yuba City team plus a less-than-perfect night offensively for NU resulted in a 66-46 Miner loss.
Now, with only one game left in the regular season, Nevada Union must win at Grant Thursday to earn sole possession of the Metro Conference title.
Tuesday’s game got off to a good start for NU coach Jeff Dellis’ boys, when at the end of the first quarter they were up 19-13. But the lead disappeared as the Miners scored only 13 combined points for the second and third quarters, and there was little improvement when Yuba City outscored them 22-14 in the fourth.
The Miners (8-3 league, 16-9 overall), must direct their attention toward Thursday’s Grant game – a team that won at NU in overtime on Jan. 27. Having already clinched a portion of the Metro title, most expect NU to win. Grant, however, is fighting to advance to the playoffs.
“They’re playing for a playoff berth and we’re playing for a Metro title – it should be a good game,” Dellis said.
Falcons enjoy Victory
Even without their two best post players Lauren Jackson and Caitlyn Kramer, the Falcons of Forest Lake Christian can still be a force as was revealed by Tuesday’s game, when they beat Victory Christian 68-38 at Forest Lake. Forest Lake was 11-for-20 shooting from beyond the arc.
Jackson is out indefinitely with a knee injury and may return before the season is over, but chances are slim. Kramer, who has been forced off the court with multiple medical problems, won’t play again for the Falcons until next season.
Taylor Kilgore scored 19 points, Brooke Hodges had 16, and Jessica Clough added 14.
Forest Lake (13-0 league, 23-4 overall) can finish the season unbeaten in the Capital Valley Christian League if it wins Friday when Woodland Christian pays a visit.
Forest Lake boys fall
The Forest Lake Christian boys basketball team suffered an 81-70 loss Tuesday at Victory Christian.
Mark Boatman led the Falcons with 27 points and contributed nine rebounds and five steals. Chris Keller had 17 points, and Sam Metteer finished with a double-double with 10 points and 13 boards.
Forest Lake (7-6 league, 13-10 overall), entered the game tied in league with Victory.
FLC’s one remaining regular season game is Friday when Woodland comes to town.
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