Miners run 1n1 shoot past Johnson
In a battle of programs under new coaches, one proved itself a step ahead.
And a shot or two ahead, as well.
Nevada Union, behind a lethal transition offense, defeated Hiram Johnson 81-67 Saturday at Nevada Union High School. NU first-year coach Jeff Dellis emptied the bench for the entire fourth quarter, making the final score much closer than the game truly was.
“I thought Johnson played a real strong first half, and gave us some problems on the defensive boards,” Dellis said. “I think the real telling sign came in the third quarter, during which we didn’t give up a single offensive rebound to them.”
Kelib Thompson had a team-high 15 points, while forward Tony Parilo added 14 and Chase Fleming, 10. A free throw by Justin Wilgus with 16 seconds left in the game put every Miner in Saturday’s scoring column.
“I thought Gary Daley did a great job defending in the first half,” Dellis said. “It was nice to see Doug Black score, and it was nice to see Geoff Trapani score. Those kids are very good athletes.”
Johnson kept the game close in the first half, primarily behind the playmaking and shooting of point guard Kevin Jackson (21 points) and the rebounding and inside play of Bryan Mitchell (12 points).
NU (12-8 overall, 3-2 Metro League) outscored Johnson 16-4 to open the third quarter. Parilo, who had been whistled for two quick fouls in the first half, returned with a vengeance. During the run, he scored three times, and fired two transition feeds to Jon Sheets and Fleming for baskets.
His drive down the lane for a dunk with 4:10 gave the Miners a 50-31 lead. The Miners would go on to score 28 points in the third quarter, grabbing a 23-point lead in the process.
NU skiers take
The Miners Alpine Ski Team took second place overall in slalom Friday at Sugar Bowl.
Shawna Schobert placed 2nd and Sara Callaham took 4th to lead the girls’ first-place finish.
Alice Miller led after one run, but fell during her second time down the hill.
Nick Meyer placed 7th as the best finisher for the boys’ team.
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