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Rail City boys teams pick up victories
by Dan Eckles
Dec 15, 2012 | 2499 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Reed boys basketball team got an improved defensive effort Saturday and it resulted in the Raiders' first league win of the young season. Reed improved to 2-4 overall and 1-2 in conference clashes after picking up a 59-46 home win over McQueen Saturday afternoon.

"This is one we had to have," Reed coach Dustin Hall said. "McQueen is a solid team with a couple really good guards. It was a good team effort, defensively our best effort of the season. All five of our guys on the court were on the same page. Our on-ball defense was much better. Our guys were buckling down and helping each other. We got our rotations down the way we've been working on.

"We kept the ball in front and didn't have to help. McQueen has one of the best players in the league in Kody Eckert and we did a great job. We made him work for every single thing he got. I think he might have had just one or two open looks but mostly everything was contested. He hit a couple tough shots but we did a good job contesting everything."

Eckert finished with 14 points in defeat.

McQueen actually led 16-13 after the first period, but Reed pulled into a 26-26 deadlock by halftime. It was the third period that was pivotal for the Raiders. The RHS cagers outscored the visiting Lancers 16-7 in the third period and took control from there. McQueen never led or pulled into a tie again.

Reed outscored McQueen 17-13 in the final eight minutes, accounting for the final 13-point margin.

"Offensively, we were better," Hall said. "We rebounded. We ran out and got some easy looks. We still didn't shoot the ball well. We missed a lot of jumpers but we got to the rim. The main thing was we got some points in transition and rebounded finally."

Trae Wells and Alonzo Vega paced the Reed offense, pouring in 23 and 11 points respectively.

Reed returns to the hardwood Tuesday when it plays a Division I North crossover league game at Wooster. Tip-off is 7 p.m.

Spanish Springs 50, Nevada Union 29

Spanish Springs capped off its weekend series against California opponents with a second-straight win.

The host SSHS hoopsters took advantage of a Nevada Union team struggling in the wake of losing a three-year starting all-league point guard. The Cougars forced Nevada Union (4-6) turnovers and converted those into easy buckets in the first half, en route to building a 27-15 halftime advantage.

"You're not going to win very many games scoring 29 points and giving up as many easy baskets as we did after turnovers," veteran Nevada Union coach Jeff Dellis said. "Our issue right now is play making and getting opportunities offensively. (Spanish Springs coach) Kyle (Penney) is doing a great job here. They really play to their strengths. They move the ball. They defend well and get touches for the right guys."

The Cougars (7-2) were never really threatened. They led 11-4 after the first period and then forged ahead by the 12-point gap at the half.

Nevada Union hung around in the third. A jump hook by Lucas Vojak got the visiting Miners within 10, 34-24, with 51 seconds left in the third quarter. The guests would never get that close again.

The margin was still 12 with five minutes to go in the game, but Spanish Springs scored 10 of the final 11 points in the contest to blow the game open.

Kenny Meyer finished with a game-high 18 points, burying five treys, all in the first half. TJ McCauley scored 16 points for Spanish Springs, making all 10 of his foul shots.

"We had good defense on the ball and one pass away," Penney said. "We still have to do a better job containing the ball. There are times when guys put the ball on the floor and go right by us. We've been pretty good defensively in terms of points allowed, but there is still a lot of room for improvement."

Spanish Springs is back in action Thursday when it hosts Hug at 7 p.m.

Sparks 52, Fallon 45

Sparks bounced back from an embarrassing home loss a night earlier. The Railroaders suffered through an abysmal shooting effort Friday at home and were trounced by Lowry, 53-30. Less than 24 hours later, the SHS crew found a way to score a few points and bounce Fallon.

The Railroaders built a 27-20 lead by halftime. Then they scored the first six points of the third quarter to forge ahead 33-20. Unfortunately for fans of the Maroon and Gold, their beloved Sparks squad could not build on the double-digit advantage.

Fallon ripped off a modest 9-5 spurt to wrap up the third period and trailed 40-31 after three complete quarters. The visiting Greenwave kept coming.

Fallon's Nolan Rusk, who scored 13 points to lead Fallon, dropped in a 3-pointer with 5:16 left in the game, pulling the Churchill County school within six, 42-36.

Sparks finally started to hold the Greenwave at bay. The Railroaders responded by scoring seven of the next nine points, pushing their lead back to double figures, 49-38, after a pair of free throws by Bobby Brown at the 2:44 mark of the fourth.

Fallon got as close as six again, 49-43, with 1:33 remaining on the game clock, but it was too little, too late.

"They hit a couple threes and then we started giving up some second and third chances," Sparks coach Dan Schreiber said. "We didn't turned the ball over a few times and didn't finish. That allowed them to get back in it. But then at the end, we stayed focused and got a win out of it."

Kieffer Putman scored 19 points and Brown chipped in 12 to pace the Sparks effort.

Sparks (3-3) will play again Thursday when it meets Galena at 6 p.m. on Day 1 of its annual Rail City Classic.

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