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Miners win in overtime

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The Nevada Union boys basketball team headed to overtime yet again Tuesday at Kennedy, and was able to get a 62-58 win.

Down 25-21 after the first half, the Miners were still in the game. But sight of victory began to fade as Kennedy came out in the third quarter and jumped to a 38-26 lead.

“It got really ugly that period,” NU coach Jeff Dellis said.

Out of options, Dellis put an all-senior lineup on the floor hoping they could carry their team back into the game. Zane Edwards – who finished the game with 16 points – Jason Roenicke, Archie Pearson, Colt Stafford, and Jarad Van Matre proved how far experience can go. The five were able to fight their way back and finally tie the game at 48-48. At the end of regulation, the score was 53-53.

Then came the Miners’ not-so-secret weapon: Tyler Smith, who already had 17 points in the game. The sophomore scorched the Cougars for six overtime points.

“(Smith) just put it on his shoulders and brought us home,” Dellis said.

As playoffs approach, two keys from the game stand out to Dellis and give him postseason optimism. His team proved that it was able to come back from a double-digit deficit (the first time they had overcome such this season), and his seniors proved that they can be counted on in times of need.

If the Miners (7-2 league, 15-8 overall), can pick up a win Thursday when Woodland comes to town, they are assured at least a share of the Metro Conference title.

Bruins fall at home

The Bear River varsity basketball team could not hold on Tuesday as the Bruins fell on their home court to Mesa Verde. Despite a solid second half, the Bruins couldn’t catch Mesa Verde in the end, falling to the visitors 58-47.

Jacob Lazor had 14 points for the Bruins while Matt Mocek scored 10, but their efforts were not enough to win.

“We actually outplayed them in the second half, 26-22,” Bear River coach Jack McCrory said, “but in the end they were just too good for us.”

The Bear River junior varsity team squeezed out a 62-60 victory against Mesa Verde.

Ryan Giacomini dropped in a trey to go ahead 60-59, and with 10 seconds left Tyler French hit both free throws to seal the deal.

Devin Grebe was the leading scorer for the Bruins with 13 points while Giacomini and Jake Kirby both scored 11.

FLC boys get big win

The Forest Lake Christian boys basketball team had a huge fourth quarter to beat Faith Christian 68-61 at home Tuesday.

Down 53-42 after the third quarter, the Falcons turned up the heat defensively to hold Faith to eight fourth-quarter points. On the opposite end, the Falcons lit up the scoreboard for 26.

Mark Boatman led the Falcons with 29 points and seven rebounds. Chris Keller had 15 points and Jake Wisniewski had eight on 4-for-4 shooting. Boatman and Keller led the defensive attack – both totaling four steals.

“Team defense was important in the fourth,” Falcons coach Steve Gonet said. “They just made up their mind and got the win.”

Forest Lake (6-5 league, 12-9 overall), travels to Wilton on Friday with playoffs on the horizon.

No trouble for Falcons

The Forest Lake Christian girls basketball team had no challenge on the road Tuesday at Faith Christian, as it cruised to a 72-40 win.

Even without Brittany Allen, Caitlyn Kramer, and Lauren Jackson, all three of whom are out to make sure they are completely healthy come playoff time, head coach Steve Kellar said, other Falcons put up big numbers.

Brooke Hodges scored 19 points, Taylor Kilgore had 17, Jessica Clough poured in 10 and Jessica Pearce had nine.

The FLC JV team also won a blowout, 56-17.

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