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Miners move to 3-0 in Metro Conference

The Nevada Union boys basketball sent a message to the Metro Conference with its 71-60 win over host John F. Kennedy (Sacramento) Thursday.

NU, which improved to 7-11 overall and 3-0 in league, held Cougars to four points in the first quarter en route to a 30-15 halftime lead.

“Kennedy was the odds-on favorite to win the league, so for us to go in their house and win by double digits for the second year in a row is a testament to how our boys are buying into out offensive and defensive philosophies,” NU head coach Jeff Dellis said.

Down by 12 points going into the fourth quarter, Kennedy chose to put the visitors on free throw line.

Big mistake.

NU went a perfect 22-for-22 from the charity stripe in the final stanza to seal the win. The Miners went 26-for-27 for the game.

Jon Sheets, who suffered a severely sprained ankle in the Miners’ league opener at Hiram Johnson, went off for a career-high 33 points, including three 3-pointers, along with seven assists.

Miner teammate Gary Daley also hit from beyond the arc three times to finish with 17 points.

Jarad Van Matre led NU on the boards with 11 rebounds.

NU’s JV won 57-52.

The Miners will host Woodland 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Bruins 3-1 in PVL

Jacob Lazor poured in a career-best 20 points, including four 3-pointers, and Steve Sacher pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds to lead the host Bear River boys basketball team to a 61-49 win over Mesa Verde (Citrus Heights) Thursday.

Sacher also tallied eight points. Gopal Cabrera finished with 10 points in the win.

Bear River’s Keith Marin and Tim Waechter combined for 12 points and 15 rebounds.

The Bruins (9-7 overall, 3-1 Pioneer Valley League) will play at Colfax 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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