South sweeps North again
Viking basketball coach Tom Orlich’s prestate tournament comment about how Southern Nevada teams only use zone for seeding came eerily true on Wednesday.
Southern Nevada’s four 4A boys entries once again swept their Northern counterparts in the quarterfinals at Lawlor Events Center.
South Tahoe, Galena and Reed took their foes deep into the fourth quarter before succumbing, while Sparks was blown out by Durango, 77-55.
The North fared much better in girls action as Elko and Carson pulled out narrow victories.
Carson edged Silverado 56-54 in overtime, while the Indians rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to slip by Las Vegas, 65-64.
Krystal Thacker led the comeback by scoring 23 of her game-high 28 points in the second half. Thacker was deadly from beyond the 3-point line, hitting five trifectas.
Galena, the North’s second seed, wasn’t as lucky. The Grizzlies started off like they were going to rout Bishop Gorman. Galena led 16-5 after eight minutes, but the Gaels stormed back for a 49-41 triumph.
Bishop Gorman’s Paige Sutton led all scorers with 18 points.
In boys action:
Durango 77, Sparks 55
The Trailblazers (23-10) had too much firepower for Sparks. Five Durango players scored in double figures, including Matrel Johnson with 17 points, Chey Christie 14, Rudy Charles 14, Jamaal Brimmer 13 and Jason Burns 10.
Randy Messenger led Sparks with 15 points. Danny McVicker tossed in 13 for the Railroaders, who finished 16-11.
Durango led 36-26 at intermission and put away the Railroaders with a 22-10 edge in the third period.
Clark 56, Reed 46
Reed (24-7), the North’s second seed, hung with the Chargers throughout but couldn’t overcome the offensive fireworks of Kevin Gaines.
The 6-foot-3 senior guard torched the Raiders for 31 points, including 15 of 19 at the foul line.
No one else scored in double figures for the Chargers (22-10).
A double-pump 8-foot jumper by Jay Osborne pulled the Raiders to within 50-44 with 1 minute remaining, but Gaines converted two free throws and a breakaway layup to secure the win.
Cimarron 59, Galena 52
Grizzlies point guard Lance Buoncristiani concluded his exemplary prep career the same way he started it – with a loss to Cimarron-Memorial.
However, the 5-8 senior didn’t go down quietly, scoring a game-high 32 points.
But it was Buoncristiani’s inability to consistently hit the 3-pointer, which doomed the Northern Nevada champions. Buoncristiani made 9-of-26 field goal attempts, many of which were launched from beyond the arc.
Neither team led by more than three points until Cimarron-Memorial (19-12) seized control late in the fourth quarter with timely foul shooting and lethal attacks against Galena’s full-court press.
Buoncristiani was fouled for the third time while attempting a trey with 30.7 seconds left. He connected on all three freebies, bringing Galena to within 53-49.
However, Cimarron’s Brian Lang banked in a 8-foot jumper to make it 55-49. Buoncristiani, who has accepted an athletic scholarship at the University of Idaho, answered with another trifecta with 16.4 seconds remaining, but Lang made a pair of free throws with :15 left and Ross Dalton canned two charity shots with :06 to go to put away the Grizzlies (21-10).
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