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DAYTON – The Elko boys basketball team wrapped up its second straight road trip in league play with another pair of wins, the Indians remaining unbeaten.

Elko improved to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the Division 3A North, winning 53-40 on Friday in South Tahoe and closing with a 65-37 victory Saturday in Dayton.

Versus South Tahoe

In the first quarter Friday, Elko senior big man Jeron Yopps did his best Steph Curry impression.

Yopps scored nine of Elko’s 15 points in the period, all coming by way of three triples.

The Indians limited the Vikings to a game-low seven points in the opening frame, leading by eight after eight minutes of play.

Elko’s offense cooled in the second quarter, the Indians scoring their lowest total of any period with eight points – South Tahoe reaching double digits with 10.

At the break, Elko led 23-17.

The Indians put the ball in the bucket in the third period, notching a game-high 19 points.

Elko senior forward Jose Zataray put in five points in the period, as did Yopps – three coming on his fourth deep ball of the contest.

South Tahoe was held to single digits for the second frame, posting nine.

Entering the fourth, Elko’s lead grew to 16 at 42-26.

Junior Alex Klekas and Yopps gave Elko four points apiece in the fourth period, the team scoring 11 in the frame.

The Vikings scored the majority of their points with the game out of reach, putting in 14 in the final period.

Elko cruised to a 53-40 victory.

Yopps led the Indians with 18 points, cashing four 3s.

Elko finished with three players in double figures; Alex Klekas and Zataray each finishing with 10 points in the contest.

Senior Angelo Antoniou added six points and freshman Sean Klekas chipped in five for the Indians.

South Tahoe senior McCallan Castles scored a game-high 19 points for the Vikings.

ELKO – 15 – 8 – 19 – 11 – 53 Total SOUTH TAHOE – 7 – 10 – 9 – 14 – 40 Total

Versus Dayton

Elko wrapped up the road-trip heavy start to their league season with their fourth win in four games, defeating the Dust Devils on Saturday in Dayton by a final score of 65-37.

Both teams scored the ball well in the opening period, Elko dropping 19 points and the Dust Devils finishing with 13.

Shots fell from distance for both clubs in the first eight minutes, Yopps continuing his hot stroke with two of Elko’s three 3s in the frame – the other coming from Sean Klekas.

Yopps put in eight of Elko’s 19 points in the first, Sean Klekas finishing with five in the quarter.

Dayton’s Chase and Lance Peterson each dropped a triple in the first quarter, and Trevor Burrows gave the Dust Devils five points in the period – the trio accounting for 11 of the team’s 13 points.

Elko’s defense cooled the Dust Devils in the second period, allowing just six points in the frame.

The Indians scored 13 in the quarter – seven coming from Alex Klekas, including a three – and Elko built a 32-19 lead by the break.

Alex Klekas buried another three in the third and so did – guess who – Yopps, drilling his second wet ball from the land beyond.

The duo scored all of Elko’s 12 points in the period, Yopps putting in seven.

Burrows scored seven of Dayton’s 11 points in the third quarter, but Elko took a 44-30 lead into the final frame.

The Indians went off in the fourth quarter, hitting five 3s to close the show – two coming from junior Ronin Rowley, one by junior Cooper Jones and another by Alex Klekas.

Elko outscored Dayton 21-7 in the final eight minutes and pulled away for a 65-37 victory.

Yopps scored a game-high 22 points, knocking down four 3s for the second straight game.

Alex Klekas closed with 19 points and splashed three triples.

All seven of Rowley’s points came in the fourth quarter, Zataray finished with six points and Sean Klekas added five.

Burrows scored a team-high 18 points for Dayton, burying three 3s.

ELKO – 19 – 13 – 12 – 21 – 65 Total

DAYTON – 13 – 6 – 11 – 7 – 37 Total

“We didn’t play very well against South Tahoe, but it was nice to get four of the road games out of the way and win those games. That was tough playing all those back to back,” said Elko coach Chris Klekas. “We just have to keep improving and getting better every game.”

The Indians will play away from Elko in their next three contests as well, their first game of the Magic Valley Holiday Classic taking place at 6 p.m. MST on Tuesday against Pocatello in Jerome, Idaho.


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