Over the hill and to Nevada Union they go.
On Monday, the Fallon boys basketball team heads over the Sierra Mountains to Grass Valley, Calif., to battle Nevada Union.
The Greenwave (0-2 Northern Division I-A, 1-5 overall) is in the midst of a three-game losing streak and facing a tough opponent in the Miners (6-1). Nevada Union rattled off five wins to open its nonconference slate before losing to River Valley (Calif.), 67-62, on Saturday.
The Miners rebounded with a win over Indferkum on Monday.
This matchup, though, provides the Wave with a chance to regain their confidence after two losses last weekend to Spring Creek and Elko.
Fallon must find a second and consistent scoring threat to compliment senior forward Jeff Evett, who leads the Northern DI-A in scoring with 18 points per game.
Clay Davison is averaging 8.7 ppg, while center Bradlee Stands comes in with 6.8.
Still, Fallon’s offense averages 43.3 ppg, while allowing 54.8.
Nevada Union, meanwhile, comes in with a junior heavy team led by point guard Mario Edwards, who controls the floor with his passing and defense. Although Edwards isn’t the Miners’ first offensive option, he has the talent to score if given the chance.
Nevada Union’s scoring threat, though, is 6-foot-5 junior swingman David Menary, who has a 30-point game under his belt in the loss to River Valley. He possesses the range to score from the 3-point line and inside.
The Miners’ best defender is 6-2 junior Daniel Carter, who is assigned the best player from each team. If Carter is pushed to the post, Nevada Union will also swing over 6-6 center Chance Brown for support.
From the perimeter, Nevada Union calls on John Cheusee, the Miners’ 3-point specialist.
The Miners average 57.6 ppg and allow 46.6 ppg.
After Fallon’s trip to Grass Valley, the Wave will be off until Dec. 27 when they head back to Northern California for the Trojan Toss Up in Folsom.
The Union (Calif.) reporter Walter Ford contributed to this report.