Miners have bad memory to erase
Tony Parilo remembers the shot.
Was on the floor for the shot.
Would just assume replace the memory.
Tonight would be a good time to make that happen.
Last year, NU’s regular season bid for a No. 1 playoff slot and a Metro League title fell along with a three-point shot at the buzzer in a game against Jesuit.
Tonight, Parilo and his NU teammates will host Jesuit in a key Metro League match-up, the first of three big league games at home this week. Game time for the varsity is 7 p.m.
“I was shocked to see them come up with a huge play like that with the packed crowd right in front of most of the classmates,” Parilo said of last year’s defeat that earned Jesuit the league title at Nevada Union High School. “Thing was, the one that made the shot had hit the backboard on a three-point attempt earlier (in the fourth quarter).”
Parilo, a self-described slasher, is the only returning starter from last year’s team. The senior forward has assumed the mantle of scoring well, leading the team while averaging just under 20 points per game.
“More than being a pure shooter, he is a scorer,” NU coach Jeff Dellis said. “He doesn’t have a great outside shot, though it is improving, but he gets to the basket, he gets to the line.”
Dellis describes Parilo as the team’s go-to guy, but has been impressed the last few weeks with the way Parilo has been able to get other kids involved in games.
“A lot of our success depends on what the other guys do,” Parilo said. “Though I might lead a game in scoring, it is not necessarily just how I do, but rather we get Jon (Sheets) and Kelib (Thompson) into (double-digit scoring).”
That may be especially true this week, in a stretch that includes league games with Kennedy and Johnson as well. NU enters tonight’s contest with an 11-7 overall record, 1-1 in Metro.
After a 2-7 start, Jesuit comes into the game closing in on the .500 mark with a team made up primarily of players who went 27-0 last year at the junior varsity level.
“We both graduated huge classes last year,” Dellis said. “But they are Jesuit. They have a tendency not to rebuild but re-load. They are a disciplined team.”
Dellis hopes to do well during this stretch, for the second time the Miners see these teams, it will be as the visitors.
“Our thought is if we can hold at home and split on the road, we’ve got a real good chance of taking the league this year,” Dellis said.
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