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East Union needs extra time to squeak past Valley

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East Union needs extra time to squeak past Valley

East Union guard Justin Nieto penetrates the Valley defense and soars to the basket in Tuesday’s nonleague thriller at Dalben Center.


POSTED December 12, 2012 1:49 a.m.

East Union’s boys basketball team needed a late push to preserve its perfect record against winless Valley of Sacramento Tuesday at Dalben Center.

Down by nine going into the fourth quarter, the Lancers managed to force an overtime period and pull out a 69-64 victory.

East Union center Jacob Danhoff led all players with 25 points. He was the centerpiece of the Lancers’ triangle offense used to counter Valley’s 3-2 zone defense, and he buried a pair of hook shots to give them some cushion in overtime.

Aaron Ramos also played a big part in crunch time, scoring seven of his nine in the fourth and overtime periods combined. Jordan Kron fired all of his 13 points in the second half, while Justin Nieto finished with 14 overall. Eric Lewis contributed six points off two 3-pointers, the first of which beat the halftime buzzer.

Guards Elijah Calloway and Mike Murphy each poured in 21 points for Valley (0-3). Calloway accounted for 16 of the Vikings’ 23 points in the third quarter and helped them carry a 49-40 advantage into the fourth.

Murphy, a 5-foot-7 sophomore, hit big shots late, including a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime with two seconds left in regulation and Nieto defending him well. Then on the first possession in the extra period, he sank an off-kilter 3 with his momentum taking himself out of bounds.

“It was another grinder, and it’s a good thing we are winning these types of games right now because it’s building a lot of character,” said EU coach Brett Lewis, whose squad improved to 6-0. “Turnovers were again an issue as they have been the last few games, we didn’t shoot free throws all that well and we sleepwalked through the first three quarters. Despite all that the guys battled back and put the pedal to the metal when they needed to.”


East Union 55, Valley 35

The Squires (4-2) trailed 22-18 at halftime but mounted a 22-2 flurry in the third quarter to run away with it.

Cody Keener amassed 24 points while hauling down nine rebounds. Gabe Chavez chipped in four points and four rebounds, but was especially key on defense.

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