NU buckles down to win
After three quarters of back-and-forth basketball Monday night, Nevada Union decided they had had enough.
Or rather, not enough.
Of solid shot selection.
Of even crisper passing.
Or of denying Sacramento High’s center David Young as he revived the bank shot to death.
And so with the game knotted at 47 for the final quarter’s start, the Miners executed all of the above until the final buzzer, leaving the home court with a 65-58 Metro League victory.
With the win, NU improves to 11-6 overall, while Sacramento falls to 11-7. It was the league opener for both teams.
“We always believe that if we can hold teams to scores in the fifties, we’ll be successful,” NU coach Jeff Dellis said. “Tonight, we did that.”
NU forward Tony Parilo led the Miners with 20 points, while Young countered with a team-high 25 points for the Dragons. Chase Fleming and Jon Sheets added 10 points each for the Miners, while the Dragons Chucka Torres made three three-pointers as part of his 18 points.
Young scored the final points of the game on a tip-in, and managed to score seven points in the deciding stanza, but did not make a fourth-quarter field goal until NU had built a 10-point lead with just a little more than two minutes to play. That field goal, a close-range bank shot, was also Sacramento’s first field goal of the fourth quarter.
“I thought we had a hard time rebounding tonight,” Dellis said. “Young is a monster, but in the second half, Cole (Cooper) and Kelib (Thompson) did a better job against him.”
While NU’s defense left Sacramento with little opportunity in the fourth quarter, the transition offense of the Miners went into high gear, utilizing every player on the court.
Fleming opened the scoring with an easy hoop off a precise pass from guardmate Sheets. Parilo then added a layup off a steal, Doug Black scored off a nice pass from Fleming, and Parilo followed his own miss for another basket.
By the time Sheets dropped in a layup from a half-court pass from Parilo, Nevada Union was ahead 57-48 with 4:19 to play.
By the time Sacramento was able to resurrect its level of play to that of NU’s, the clock would not allow a comeback.
“We didn’t play too well in the first half,” Parilo said. “But we started to reverse the ball much better in the second half, and it fell into place for us.”
It looked as if NU would take control of the game in the second quarter. The Miners scored the first eight points of the quarter, punctuated by a Parilo crowd-pleasing shot between Dragon defenders to give NU a 27-18 lead.
But the nine-point lead would not hold, as Young went to work with a dunk and a pair of bank shots to help pull Sacramento within a basket of the Miners.
Sacramento briefly grabbed the lead midway into the third quarter on a three-point basket from Torres, but a reverse lay-up by Parilo with 1:07 left in the third tied the game for the sixth and final time.
The victory by NU snapped Sacramento’s six-game winning streak.
“They just outplayed us when they needed to,” Sacramento High coach Derek Swafford said. “I think David (Young) was trying too hard in the end, and not getting enough support from his teammates.”
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New season. New co-head coaches. Same expectations.