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Miners suffer Metro defeat

Nevada Union’s varsity boys basketball team took its 4-0 Metro Conference record on the road Thursday night, but came back with the Miners first league loss of the year – an 80-66 setback to Yuba City.

NU (8-12 overall) show through the first two quarters of play that they can compete with the league-leading Honkers, as the Miners led 34-31 at the halftime break.

Yet, Yuba City took control in the third quarter, closing the period with a 14-2 run for a 55-45 lead after three.

“They’re a big physical team, but certainly a team we can compete with,” said NU head coach Jeff Dellis. “We’re anxious to get them back at our place.”

The Miners will have to wait until Feb. 19 for the rematch, but until then they’ll have a few more things to focus on. Namely, said Dellis, rebounding.

“They outrebounded us for the game 50-22,” he said. “When it’s all said and done, that’s what it comes down to. We just got lambasted on the boards.

“They had 20 offensive rebounds in the game that were turned into 20 points.”

NU was led by Jon Sheets’ 27 points, including four 3-pointers on the night. Sheets streak of consecutively made free throws came to an end Thursday at 30 in a row. Of his last 53 charity tosses, Sheets has missed just three.

Gary Daley added 15 points for NU, including three 3-pointers, and Chad Smith scored 12.

“It was a learning experience for us,” Dellis said. “You don’t block out, you don’t play good defense, you don’t get to win.”

Nevada Union is back in action Tuesday at Grant.

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