PREP BASKETBALL: Nevada Union tops Granite Bay, wins 5th straight SFL game
Nevada Union 77, Granite Bay 61
NU: David Menary - 21
NU: Gary Menary - 17
NU: Daniel Carter - 11
NU: Mario Edwards - 10
GB: Darren Nelson - 19
GB: Charlie Tooley - 18
GB: Kovey Palmaer - 16
The Nevada Union boys basketball team made it five straight Sierra Foothill League victories after beating the visiting Granite Bay Grizzlies, 77-61, in front of a boisterous crowd at Albert Ali Gymnasium Wednesday.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our kids,” said Nevada Union head coach Jeff Dellis. “They are working so hard and are buying in so much. Everything they get they deserve.”
The Miners (16-7, 5-3 SFL) beat the Grizzlies (16-6, 3-4 SFL) with a balanced scoring attack and a swarming defense that confounded Granite Bay at times.
“It all starts at the defensive end,” said Dellis. “We defended their kids much better in the second half. We gave up 31 points in the first half and that’s not us. In the second half we extended on their shooters better. Charlie Tooley, their lefty, is a phenomenal shooter. I think he had four 3s in the first half, so we challenged Gary (Menary) and Nick (Ortiz) to defend him a little more in the second half and they did a great job.”
The two SFL combatants battled closely through the first half and the Miners took a slim 34-31 lead into the break.
It wasn’t until the third quarter that the Miners were able to create some separation. After a Granite Bay bucket made the score 41-40 in NU’s favor the Miners took off on a 16-4 run to end the quarter, getting buckets from Toby Carter, Mario Edwards, Daniel Carter, Gary Menary and David Menary.
David Menary led all NU scorers with 21 points and his brother Gary Menary added 17 points, including five 3-pointers. Nevada Union’s Daniel Carter tallied 11 points, Mario Edwards added 10 points, Toby Carter accounted for seven points, Jahn Chensee scored six points, Ortiz drilled a jumper for two points, David Clouse chipped in a free throw and Elias Weiss-Preszler put a bow on the game with a slam dunk in the final seconds that took the already raucous crowd to another level.
Leading the Grizzlies was 6-foot, 8-inch junior Darren Nelson with 19 points. Granite Bay’s senior point guard Tooley added 18 points, including four second quarter 3-pointers, and Kovey Palmaer chipped in 16 points.
Next up for the Miners is a Friday road matchup with SFL front runner Folsom.
JV: Nevada Union 50, Granite Bay 30
The JV Miners held the Grizzlies to just 30 points Wednesday as they cruised to a 20-point victory and their fourth in league play.
Leading NU (17-6, 4-4 SFL) was Jack Fraser with 16, Hayden Fay with eight and Owen Dal Bon with eight points to go with a strong defensive effort.
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