Miners keep hold of Metro
Nevada Union’s varsity boys basketball team kept pace Friday night with C.K. McClatchy, and the two teams weren’t even on the same floor.
But they are in the same position this morning, standing atop the rest of the Metro Conference with a 5-2 league record after picking up a win on Friday.
Nevada Union downed host Granite Bay by a 47-34 margin, while McClatchy beat Grant 57-43.
“We really struggled to get into the offense,” said NU head coach Jeff Dellis. “(Granite Bay) did a nice job of sagging and were content to give us some perimeter looks.
“But we did hold them to two single-digit quarters and then gave up 11 in each of the two others, so we’re really doing a nice job defensively.”
NU’s James Brindley was praised by Dellis for his defensive performance, while the Miners were led by Tyler Smith and Brennan McFadden on the opposite end of the floor. Smith scored 20 points, while McFadden added 14.
Nevada Union (10-12 overall) travels to Johnson Feb. 4, while Granite Bay (12-10, 4-3) hosts Kennedy (9-11, 3-3) Tuesday and McClatchy (11-10) travels to Yuba City (9-11, 3-3) that same night.
Nevada Union’s junior varsity won 44-39 Friday. Further details were not made available to The Union.
Bear River 43, Oakmont 32
Bear River’s balanced offensive attack and defensive dominance kept host Oakmont at bay throughout Friday’s Pioneer Valley League matchup won by the Bruins 43-32.
“We pretty much were in control the entire game,” said Bruin assistant coach Steve Box. “We led 22-13 at the half, after outscoring them 14-5 to start the game.”
Matt Elders scored all eight of his points in the opening period, which Box said helped set the tone. Jacob Lazor led the Bruins with 14 points, while Matt Moeck added eight in the win.
“Axel (Wadman) didn’t score any points, but he did a real good job on defense and also made a couple of nice passes,” Box said. “It was nice to see him step up. We’ve been looking for another guy to step up and he did (Friday).”
The Bruins (11-11 overall, 3-4 PVL) travel to Lincoln (6-15, 1-5) Wednesday.
The Bear River junior varsity won a 47-46 nail-biter over Oakmont. The Bruins led by seven points with two minutes to go, but Box said Oakmont cut the lead to one and had the ball with three seconds remaining. A last-second 3-pointer by the Vikings rimmed out, however, handing the Bruins the win Chase Rogers led Bear River (8-13, 4-3) with 11 points.
Woodland Christian 69, Forest Lake Christian 41
The Central Valley Christian League-leading Cardinals of Woodland Christian kept their league record clean Friday with a 69-41 win over host Forest Lake Christian.
Ian O’Leary led the Cardinals with 22 points, while Casey Neimeyer added 18 for Woodland Christian, which improved to 12-8 overall and 8-0 in CVCL action.
“For some reason, we came out and just weren’t mentally focused,” said FLC coach Dave Thomas. “As a coach, I think I have to accept some of the responsibility for that.
“But (Woodland Christian) just controlled the game from the beginning to end.”
The Falcons were also plagued by foul trouble, Thomas said, as early whistles saddled big men Sam Metteer and Nat Holt.
Serge Castlebury was the Falcons’ leading scorer with 12 points, while Jon Gimroth added 8 points on the night.
FLC (8-11, 4-4) hosts Sacramento Lutheran (9-9, 3-4) Tuesday.
Forest Lake Christian 75, Woodland Christian 50
The defending Division V state champion Forest Lake Christian girls basketball team handled one of the CVCL’s top teams in fine fashion Friday, defeating Woodland Christian 75-50.
“They’re probably the third-best team in the league,” said FLC head coach Steve Kellar. “I think Waldorf is probably the second-best.”
At 8-0 in the CVCL, there’s little doubt which team is tops, as the Falcons have yet to face a league foe that finished within 20 points of them.
Taylor Kilgore led the Falcons, finding the bottom of the net on six three-pointers en route to a 24-point performance. Brooke Hodges had a 19-point night, while Olympia Jacobs added 11 points and a solid defensive performance.
Jacobs drew the defensive assignment on CVCL-leading scorer Beth Perkins and drew some praise from Kellar after holding Perkins to 17 points, four points below her season average.
FLC (14-5 overall) hosts Sacramento Lutheran (2-13, 1-6) Tuesday.
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