Rock on Miners dig through Granite Bay for Metro win |

Rock on Miners dig through Granite Bay for Metro win

Both teams opened the game at break-neck speed Thursday night in Ali Gymnasium, but after one quarter the Nevada Union boys basketball squad decided it had seen Granite Bay do enough scoring.

For a period of 10 minutes and 7 seconds the Miners held the Grizzlies without a field goal – giving up just two free throws in a span of time that began near the end of the first quarter and lasted into the third quarter.

Two points. That was all the Miners were willing to surrender. Nevada Union went on to win 62-52.

“They played some great defense on us right there (during the field goal drought),” Granite Bay coach Guin Boggs said. “We could have made some better decisions on our shot selection, but give Nevada Union credit for what they did.”

Before the Miner lockdown, the Grizzlies held an 18-13 lead, but watched that advantage disappear quickly as Nevada Union went on a 14-2 run to go into halftime with a 27-20 lead.

Nevada Union continued to add to the lead throughout the third quarter with 3-pointers from Tyler Smith and Kevin Nelson. With 5:54 remaining in the final quarter, the Miners built a 48-28 lead.

Granite Bay standout guard Preston Bramow went off for 16 of his 18 points in the final quarter in an attempt to will his team into a comeback, but the Grizzlies never cut the lead to single digits.

“When we want to play defense, no one can stop us,” Nevada Union senior Travis Edwards said. “And offensively, we have so many weapons.

“It was a physical game out there. But we ran four or five guards at them, so we weren’t big. It was smart for them to try and take advantage of that.”

The game was filled with contact, with play stopping for 40 fouls throughout the contest.

Smith ended the night with a game-high 19 points, five rebounds and two assists, while David Weberg finished with 15 points, five rebounds and three assists. Nelson totaled nine points, three rebounds and three assists. Edwards grabbed five rebounds to go with five points.

Playing another excellent defensive game was senior James Brindley who led the team on the boards with 11 rebounds – he also turned in four steals, five assists and six points.

Nevada Union played without the services of Taylor Dever and Nate Newport, who were sick, and Zach Wood who is recovering from an ankle injury.

With Nevada Union having just five league games left to play, the loss essentially knocked Granite Bay out of the running for a league title after taking on its fourth loss in the Metro. The win was sweet revenge for the Miners who suffered their one league loss at Granite Bay by one-point in the closing seconds of the game that was played Jan. 4.

“They’re a good team and still playoff material,” Nevada Union coach Jeff Dellis said. “I think they’re going to play the spoiler role at this point.”

Dellis joked that with the Miners off Tuesday, they should go cheer for Granite Bay when it takes on Kennedy.

Chief rivals now for Nevada Union (6-1 in the Metro) are Kennedy and Grant – two teams that have only two losses each. Nevada Union must travel to both schools yet this season.

The Miners host Johnson at 7 p.m. Thursday in Ali Gymnasium.

JV: Granite Bay 62, Nevada Union 41

Granite Bay started fast and then used a third-quarter spurt to defeat the Miners in a rematch between Metro League junior varsity leaders to give the Miners their first league loss.

By winning, Granite Bay avenged a three-point loss against Nevada Union earlier this month and moved into a first-place tie at 7-1 in the standings. The Miners are now 11-9 overall.

Nick Cancilla scored 11 points to lead Nevada Union, while John Wivholm and Tim Conde added seven each.

Granite Bay led 19-12 after one quarter and 31-21 at halftime.

Frosh: Granite Bay 59, Nevada Union 43

Nevada Union 62, GRANITE BAY 52

GB 18 2 6 26 – 52

NU 17 1013 22 – 62

GRANITE BAY (52): Pat Adelman 0 0-0 0, Clint Pekarsky 1 2-2 4, Nick Schroeder 3 0-0 6, Preston Bramow 5 5-5 18, Zach Edeling 1 0-0 2, Aaron Menard 0 0-0 0, Ryan Fehr 2 2-6 6, Tyler Fehr 0 0-0 0, Ricardo Dina 2 0-0 4, Anthony Anderson 1 0-0 2, Michael Ude 4 2-2 10. Totals 19 11-15 52.

NEVADA UNION (62): James Brindley 3 0-0 6, Tyler Smith 7 3-4 19, Brian Jackson 0 0-0 0, Chad Mason 0 0-0 0, Jared Vogel 2 2-2 7, Travis Edwards 1 3-3 5, David Weberg 5 2-4 15, Kevin Nelson 2 4-5 9, Eric Rasmussen 0 1-2 1, Joey Puleo 0 0-0 0, Zach Spencer 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 15-20 62.

Fouled out: None. Total fouls: GB 22, NU 18. Technical fouls: none.


To contact sportswriter Stacy Hicklin, e-mail or call 477-4244.

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