Bishop Manogue boys run away with an 82-50 win over Dayton |

Bishop Manogue boys run away with an 82-50 win over Dayton

Jeremy Evans

DAYTON – Too much size. Too much depth. And too much senior leadership. That’s what the Dayton High boys basketball had to deal when it played Bishop Manogue on Wednesday in a Northern 3A game at Dayton High. And it may have taken the Miners an entire half to utilize their strengths. But once they did, the Dust Devils couldn’t do anything about it.

12 different Manogue players scored, including Johnmin Hickey, who scored a game-high 22 points, as the Miners cruised to an 82-50 win. The win keeps the Miners (22-5, 14-1) atop the Northern 3A standings, while Dayton (12-13, 6-8) continues to jockey with Spring Creek for the No. 5 and 6 seeds in next week’s Northern 3A playoffs.

But even if the Dust Devils would’ve beaten the Miners, it wouldn’t have effected where they stand in the playoff race. Dayton still needs to win at Spring Creek on Friday to capture the No. 5 seed. A loss to the Spartans, and the Dust Devils are the No. 6 seed.

“If we’re going to beat Manogue, let’s do it when it counts, either in THE zone or state tournaments,” Dayton coach Rob Streeter said. “Because a win against them tonight doesn’t do anything for us. The only game that matters, as far as seeding in the playoffs, is the Spring Creek game.”

Against the Miners, the only Dust Devil in double figures was Jake Deen, who put UP a team-high 16 points. Senior Jared Feser had nine points and another senior, Bobby Nylen had eight points in the loss.

But this game wasn’t a blowout in the first half. After Dayton jumped out an early 10-6 lead, the Miners then went on a 12-3 lead to go up 18-13 after the first quarter. Then in the second quarter, Nylen’s basket with 6:15 left in the half brought the Dust Devils to within four, 22-18. in the first half, Dayton committed 13 turnovers, several of them leading to easy baskets for Manogue, and especially Hickey.

“He (Hickey) just played outstanding defense on our perimeter players,” Streeter said about the 6-4 guard, who scored 14 points in the first half. “And they’re a good team, easily the most talented team in the North. And my players knew that.”

After trailing 38-29 at half-time, the Dust Devils then saw themselves get blown away in the third quarter. Manogue used a 14-2 run early in the third quarter and then an 8-0 run at the end of the quarter to put the game away. Dayton was held to only three field goals in the third quarter and five in the second half. Streeter thought that in the second half, the Miners rebounding advantage made the difference.

“At half-time, we were even with them on the boards and we were happy with that,” Streeter said. “Then in the second half, they outrebounded us by 11. And in the third quarter, they made some adjustments and took care of us.”

In the second half, Manogue scored at ease inside. With six players at 6-3 or taller, the Miners just overpowered the Dust Devils, whose tallest players are Deen and Justin Daw, who are both 6-3. Daw, the team’s leading scorer, finished with only five points.

“He (Daw) is definitely an offensive talent, but we’re trying to get him to do more on the defensive end,” Streeter said. “But I think he’s coming along. As a coach, I just want to make sure he understands what we’re trying to do defensively.”

As for the Northern 3A playoffs, Streeter realizes that his team will play their first game on the road. But he’s made it clear that he’d rather face ROP than Fernley in the second round. The Rams and Vaqueros are battling it out for the No. 3 and 4 seeds.

“Rather than going to Fernley, I’d rather play at ROP because we just beat them,” Streeter said. “I think we’d have more confidence going into that game.”

In the second half, Manogue outscored Dayton 44-21.

Manogue 38, Dayton Girls 33

The Miners outscored the Dust Devils 15-7 in the first quarter and held on throughout to hold on for a Northern 3A win at Dayton High.

Even with the loss, Dayton (3-9, 7-17) still remains as the No. 6 seed in next week’s Northern 3A playoffs. The Dust Devils were led by Rachel Hurt, who scored nine points. Ashley and Cayla Reese each added six points in the loss.

Dayton pulled within two points of the Miners, 30-28, early in the fourth quarter before Manogue pulled away. Titi Igbekoyi scored four of her eight points in the fourth quarter to help put the game away. The Miners’ Kendra Jepsen led all scorers with 13 points.

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