PREP BASKETBALL: Miners down Dixon in season opener |

PREP BASKETBALL: Miners down Dixon in season opener

MINERS 71, Dixon 54

NU: Riley Japhet-Gekas - 18 points, 3 steals

NU: David O’looney - 18 points, 9 rebounds, 4 blocks

NU: Milo Goehring - 12 points, 5 rebounds

NU: Ryan Werner - 8 points

NU: Aidan Keros - 6 points, 6 assists

The Miners got the start to the season they were hoping for.

“We needed this. We don’t have an easy schedule coming up,” said Nevada Union head coach Mark Casey.

Competing in the friendly confines of Albert Ali Gymnasium on Monday night, Nevada Union’s boys basketball team tipped off the regular season with a convincing victory over the visiting Dixon Rams, 71-54.

“This was really nice,” Casey said. “The game slowed down a little for some of our guys and they looked really good.”

The Miners (1-0) and Rams (1-1) battled competitively through the first quarter with NU holding a 20-17 edge heading into the second stanza. That’s when the Miners stepped up on defense and created some separation.

After Dixon pulled to within one at 20-19, the Miners went on a 14-0 run behind a pair of 3-pointers from senior guard Riley Japhet-Gekas, strong inside scoring from senior forward David O’looney and a driving layup from senior guard Ryan Werner.

The Miners outscored the Rams 18-7 in the quarter and took a 38-24 edge into halftime.

Nevada Union stayed hot in the third quarter getting more strong play from Werner and O’looney as well as freshman forward Milo Goehring and junior point guard Aidan Keros.

After three quarters the Miners led 60-38, and pushed their lead up to as much as 30 midway through the fourth quarter before closing out the contest.

Leading the NU offensive attack was Japhet-Gekas and O’looney with 18 points each. Japhet-Gekas hit three 3-pointers and scored 14 of his 18 in the first half to get NU off to a fast start. O’looney was strong in the paint all night, grabbing a team-high nine rebounds and notching four blocks to go with his 18 points.

Goehring added 12 points for NU, Werner finished with eight points, and Keros tallied six points to go with six assists. Jordan Mills, Kyle Ledson and Ty Daugherty also got in on the scoring as eight of NU’s 10 active players tallied points in the win.

“What I like the most about this group is there isn’t a prima donna. There is no me-first guy. We’re not fighting any of that,” Casey said. “We have guys who share the ball. They are really humble.”

Next up for the Miners is the Jack Scott Tournament at Rio Americano High School, where they will face Del Campo in the first round Thursday.

“We’re 1-0 and we will take it,” Casey said with a laugh. “Wins are always hard to come by and we don’t take it for granted. We’re going to enjoy this, but we got a tremendous amount of work ahead of us.”



The junior varsity Miners dominated their matchup with the Rams, earning a 36-point victory and improving to 2-0 on the season.

Leading the JV squad Monday night was Keegan Henry, Ben Hescock and J.T. Conway with 10 points each.

The JV Miners beat Colfax, 54-26, in their season opener last week, getting 14 points from Eli Jones and 13 points from Conway.


The freshmen Miners got the three-team sweep started with an 18-point victory over the Rams.

Leading the NU charge was Corey Ellis with 16 points and Benn Glorfield with 11 points. Gabe Baker and Cassius Courtney each chipped in eight points.

Like the JV squad, the NU freshmen are also 2-0, having knocked off Colfax, 60-40, last week.

Baker led the way with 17 points in that one, Ellis added 16 and Glorfield had 11. Chance Bacon chipped in six points off the bench.

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email

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