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Miners back in Metro chase

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Nevada Union senior point guard Jon Sheets continued his scoring run with 28 points Wednesday, as the Miners beat the first place Yuba City Honkers 69-64.

Each time Sheets, the Metro Conference’s top scorer, had the ball, the large NU crowd chanted, “MVP! MVP!”

Yuba City also had a pumped up group of students and fans in the house and they made themselves known. When the Miners were being introduced, the entire section reserved for Yuba City fans stood up and turned their backs in mock jest.

NU fans ended up having more to cheer about, though, as the Miners had the lead for most of the game after falling behind 19-9 at the beginning of the first quarter.

“This was the best crowd I’ve ever played in front of,” Sheets said. “We were feeding off them. When we were down, they started getting up and that got us up.”

Senior forward Chad Smith was second in scoring for NU with 15 points, including 8 of 9 from the charity line. Junior Archie Pearson finished with 11 points for the Miners.

Yuba City’s top scorer wassophomore guard Kevin Cordano, who finished with 18 points, including four 3-pointers. Roland Johnson added 17 points for the Honkers.

The win not only helps the Miners’ playoff hopes, but gives them a shot at the league title.

“This game keeps us in the hunt for the league title. If we can pop Grant on Friday, we’ll have a share of the league title,” said NU coach Jeff Dellis. “If Johnson can pop Yuba City and we win, we’ll have the league title to ourselves. That’s huge. I haven’t won a league title in about 12 years.”

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