PREP BASKETBALL: Nevada Union falls to Will C. Wood; Bear River tops Western Sierra
A heavily hindered Miners boys basketball team gave Will C. Wood all it could handle in the Nevada Union Invitational Tournament semifinals but came up just short of victory Friday at Albert Ali Gymnasium.
Nevada Union was down four players including two starters due to injuries and illness, but still fought valiantly against a strong Will C. Wood team. In the end, the Miners fell, 48-45, and will not be able to defend the NUIT title they won last year.
Leading the Miners was senior Gary Menary with 24 points, including four 3-pointers. Junior guard Jack Fraser added nine points, and fellow junior guard Owen Dal Bon chipped in six points.
Nevada Union’s defense continues to impress in the still young season, allowing just 41 points per game and yet to allow 50 points in any game through four contests.
The Miners (3-1) will play in the tourney’s third place game at 2 p.m. Saturday against the loser of the Reno vs. Burbank semifinal game. Will C. Wood will play the winner of that game in the NUIT championship.
Bear River 73, Western Sierra 51
The Bruins grabbed a spot in the Duwaine Ganskie Invitational consolation championship game after topping Western Sierra in the second round Friday.
Bear River got a big game from senior post player Landen Clark with 18 points. Senior point guard Solomon Branch added eight points and sophomore Garrett Pratt chipped in seven points.
The Bruins (2-1) lost to Lindhurst, 58-30, in the tourney opener which put them in the consolation side of the bracket. Bear River will face Paradise for the consolation title at 3:30 p.m. today at Jack R. McCrory Gymnasium.
Forest Lake Christian 64, Wheatland 30
The Falcons jumped out a big first quarter lead and never looked back as they cruised past Wheatland Thursday in the first round of the Les Schwab Boys Basketball Tournament.
Leading Forest Lake Christian was senior guard Brett Soria with 25 points, including three 3-pointers. Soria also shined on defense with 11 steals and six rebounds.
Forest Lake Christian’s Josh McClain added 12 points, Josh McDonald chipped in 11 points and Austin Metz scored eight in the win.
JV: Nevada Union 63, Cordova 26
The junior varsity Lady Miners earned a spot in the Rumble at the River consolation championship game after crushing Cordova in the second round Friday night at River Valley High School.
Nevada Union was led by Jordan Lucas’s 17 points and Maddy Zucca’s 10 points.
The Lady Miners dropped the opening game of the tourney to McClatchy, 41-29. Isabelle Thole led NU in that one with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Coaches may submit game reports by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 530-477-4232. Deadline for submission is 8 p.m.
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