PREP BASKETBALL: Next 2 games critical for Nevada Union boys after loss to Granite Bay |

PREP BASKETBALL: Next 2 games critical for Nevada Union boys after loss to Granite Bay

After winning five straight Sierra Foothill League games the Nevada Union boys basketball team has now dropped two straight league contests, most recently falling to Granite Bay, 62-56, Tuesday.

The Miners (16-9, 5-5 SFL) trailed the Grizzlies (18-6, 5-4 SFL) by three points at halftime, but rallied to take a 47-42 lead near the end of the third quarter. Granite Bay 3-pointers just before the end of the third and to open the fourth gave the Grizzlies the lead. The Miners couldn’t keep pace from there as Granite Bay outscored NU 17-9 in the fourth.

Leading Nevada Union was David Menary with 24 points and 12 rebounds. NU’s Toby Carter chipped in 13 points, seven of which came in the fourth quarter. Gary Menary added 11 points, including three 3-pointers.

The loss drops the Miners into the fourth and final playoff spot allotted to the SFL, making the next two games critical to any hopes Nevada Union has of securing its first postseason berth since 2012. Nevada Union is still 1 ½ games ahead of fifth place Del Oro (9-14, 3-6 SFL), and two games ahead of sixth place Oak Ridge (14-11, 3-7 SFL) in the league standings.

The Miners face off with SFL cellar dweller Rocklin (8-17, 1-9 SFL) at 7 p.m. at Albert Ali Gymnasium Wednesday, which will also be Senior Night for the Miners and their final home game of the regular season. The Miners already beat the Thunder once this season, 77-60, in Rocklin.

On Senior Night, the Miners will honor their seven seniors, including David Menary, Mario Edwards, Daniel Carter, Toby Carter, Jahn Chensee, Nick Ortiz and Devon Cloud.

Nevada Union closes the regular season at Woodcreek (16-8, 7-2 SFL) Feb. 16. The Miners beat the Timberwolves, 59-52, earlier this season but Woodcreek has gone 3-0 in league play since that loss.

JV: Nevada Union 55, Granite Bay 45

The junior varsity Miners used a 34-point second half to pull away from the Grizzlies Tuesday, and claim their fifth league win of the season.

Leading NU was Jack Fraser with 21 points, 13 of which came in the second half. Dawson Fay added 11 points, Hayden Fay chipped in eight and Owen Dal Bon scored seven second half points in the win.

The Miners (18-7, 5-5 SFL) will look to close the season strong with games against Rocklin Wednesday and Woodcreek Monday.

Coaches may submit game reports by email at or by phone at 530-477-4232.

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