No letdown for Miner boys
After beating the No. 2 team in Northern California three days ago, it would be easy to understand if the Nevada Union boys basketball team suffered a slight letdown when facing a 2-15 Metro Conference opponent in Johnson.
The Miners, however had other plans as they cruised to a 76-53 win and avoided any after effects of such a big win just days before.
Nevada Union instead put on a fast-break clinic, highlighted by sharp passing and solid rebounding.
Senior post player Brennan McFadden led all scorers with 19 points.
“I definitely think we are playing well and are finally getting the pieces of the puzzle back in place after some injuries and a late start because of football,” McFadden said.
If it seems like the Miners have been clicking lately, it’s probably because they have been. This is not the same team that had 10 losses before getting into the Metro schedule. The team that takes the court these days is starting to fire on all cylinders.
The past few weeks, head coach Jeff Dellis has worked out a consistent starting five of McFadden, Tyler Smith, James Brindley, Scott Kerksieck and Kevin Nelson and has found a dependable substituting pattern off the bench.
“We have moments of brilliance at times defensively, but we are still a work in progress,” Dellis said. “Right now we are where I would have liked to have been a month ago, but because of injuries and the success of the football team, we are finally seeing it now.”
In addition to McFadden, Smith turned in a solid game scoring 15 points, most impressive, however, was his six assists in the first half. His pinpoint passes from cross court and the length of the floor were able to get his teammates involved early in the game.
“When Tyler is able to get other players involved we are really a tough team to beat,” Dellis said. “Tyler’s name is out there and teams know to key their defenses around him. We have lots of kids around him who can score and if he can move the ball around we can be really lights out.”
All 15 players on the roster saw action tonight and 14 of those 15 players scored.
“I think our subs, especially Joey Puleo, David Weberg and Derek Fink did a nice job for us out there tonight,” Dellis said. “They practice with everything they have and it’s nice to see them do so well out there.”
Johnson-Nevada Union Boxscore
Johnson 9 14 15 15 – 53
Nevada Union 19 25 16 16 – 76
Forrester 3 0-0 7, Jackson 4 4-5 13, Stommel 3 1-4 7, Johnson 6 3-3 15, Deloney 2 0-0 5, White 2 0-0 4, Roche 1 0-0 2, Pierce 0 0-0 0, King 0 0-0 0, Redd 0 0-0 0, Clark 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 8-12 53.
Nevada Union (76)
Puleo 1 0-0 2, Latimer 0 1-2 1, Green 0 0-0 0, Smith 7 0-0 15, Vogel 1 0-0 3, Wood 1 0-0 2, Edwards 3 0-0 7, McFadden 9 1-2 19, Kerksieck 1 0-0 2, Nelson 3 0-0 7, Brindley 2 0-0 4, Fink 2 0-0 4, Baldwin 1 0-0 2, Puleo 1 0-0 2, Weberg 1 0-0 3, Castle 1 1-2 3. Totals 34 3-6 76.
Three-point goals – Johnson 2, Edwards, Vogel, Nelson, Smith, Weberg, Jackson, Forrester, Deloney 1. Fouled out – none. Total Fouls – 24. Technical fouls – none.
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