Thunder stars double up to defeat Miners |

Thunder stars double up to defeat Miners

The Miners had a long ride home from Rocklin Wednesday night as they fell to the Thunder 78-49.

“I thought our kids played hard, but we had some critical turnovers,” NU coach Dale Latimer said. “We did everything we could, but we couldn’t stop their two top guys.”

Nevada Union fell behind in the first quarter 20-13 and did not out score its opponent in any quarter. The Thunder (18-7 overall, 7-3 Sierra Foothill League) relied on Tony Williams and Cody Kale who scored 26 and 27, respectively, in the win.

NU’s scoring came from Peter MacDonald who had 16 points, Chris Biertuempfel added 10, Dan Petinatto had 10 and Colin Lee finished with nine.

The Miners (11-12, 3-6), who came into Wednesday’s game seeded 19th in the section power ratings, take their show on the road for a fifth-straight time against Del Oro (13-7, 4-3) on Friday. Nevada Union has dropped six of its last eight and needs to finish the season rated 16th or better to make the postseason.

JV: Rocklin 56, Nevada Union 54

The Miners dug a deep hole for themselves in the first quarter, falling behind 18-8, that would take them the next three quarters to dig out of.

After tying the game in the fourth quarter, NU (12-11 overall, 4-5 league) did have a chance to take the lead with a few seconds left on the clock. The Miners ran a set play, but did not convert.

Conner Fuller had his personal-best scoring night with 16 points, while Michael Cordova had 12. Josiah Paye scored nine, while Christian Cortez and Garrett Strohm each had seven.

Frosh: NU 60, Rocklin 48

The Miners (21-2, 9-0) entered the fourth quarter with a one point lead of 36-35, but outscored the Thunder 24 to 13 in the fourth.

Ian Davis and Kyle Cota led with four steals a piece the team finished with 19.

“The defense carried the day,” NU coach Dallas Wivholm said.

Jason Nichol’s 23 points and six rebounds, led the Miners in both categories.

Sean Zuccaro added eight points and Cody Gardner finished with seven.

Coaches may submit game reports via e-mail at or by phone at 477-4240. Deadline for submissions is 10 p.m. daily.

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