NU wins nail-biter |

NU wins nail-biter

John HartNevada Union's Chad Smith (23) looks to score on the baseline Wednesday. Smith scored six points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in the Miners' victory.
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Nevada Union’s Geoff Trapani hit a free throw with 4.9 seconds left in regulation to seal a 48-47 win over visiting John F. Kennedy (Sacramento) Wednesday.

The win improves NU’s overall record to 10-14 and Metro Conference mark to 6-3.

Trapani, who missed a big chunk of the pre-season with an ankle injury, was visibly shaken after the game.

“I wanted that more than anything. Coming back from the broken ankle, I’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” Trapani, who totaled eight points, a rebound and an assist, said.

“I’ve said all along every team needs a blue collar, do-it-all kind of player, and up until this point I wasn’t sure if we had one. But tonight Geoff moved into that role for us,” Miner head coach Jeff Dellis said.

NU trailed by five points with less than three minutes left in the fourth quarter when senior guards Gary Daley and Jon Sheets took over.

Daley cut the lead to two points with a 3-pointer, then Sheets connected from 15 feet out to tie it up with :53 left.

Daley and Sheets each finished with a team-high 16 points.

Kennedy got a pair of good shots on its next possession, but NU’s Jarad Van Matre came down with the defensive rebound with :21 left as the partisan Miner crowd erupted.

With the Miners set up in their half court set, Trapani got the ball down low. He spun toward the hoop from the left block when he was fouled.

Van Matre finished with five rebounds and two points. Chad Smith tallied six points and a team-high eight rebounds.

Joey Bratton had three assists in the win.

NU will play at Woodland 7 p.m. Friday.

Bruins hold on

for victory

Gopal Cabrera scored a team-high 25 points, including four 3-pointers, and Steve Sacher hauled down a team-best 13 rebounds to lead the Bear River boys basketball team to a 73-68 win over host Mesa Verde (Citrus Heights) Wednesday.

Bear River improved to 14-8 overall and 8-2 in the Pioneer Valley League.

“It was a good night for Gopal. He’s been in sort of a funk lately,” Bruin assistant coach Steve Box said.

Bear River led 47-18 at the half, but gave up 35-point third quarter as the hosts climbed back into the game.

“I don’t think it was anything we were doing, they just came out launching threes,” Box added.

Dusty Tabellija hit from beyond the arc four times to finish with 18 points in the win.

Keith Marin had 11 points. Brian Harter added five points for Bear River.

Tim Waechter, who converted a three-point play to seal the game down the stretch, finished with five points.

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