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Indians sweep final road series of regular season
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Indians sweep final road series of regular season

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Isaiah Dahl

Elko's Isaiah Dahl shoots a three over a Spring Creek defender's hand on Feb. 11, 2020, at Centennial Gymnasium. On Saturday, Feb. 15, Dahl scored a game-high 19 points and knocked down three triples in the Indians' regular-season finale in a 46-29 victory at Truckee. The No. 2 Indians (22-4 overall, 16-2 in league) will face the winner of the 3A North regional quarterfinal between No. 3 Lowry (14-4 in league) and No. 6 Dayton (8-10 in league) for a trip to state in the regional semifinal at 4:40 p.m. Friday, in Fallon.

TRUCKEE, California — The Elko boys basketball team wrapped up the regular season Saturday with a 46-29 victory over Truckee, the Indians entering the Division 3A North regional tournament with a No. 2 seed.

Elko swept the season series, setting a school record for fewest-points allowed in a 68-9 domination on Jan. 11, at Centennial Gymnasium.

The Wolverines booked the first points of the game with a shot off the glass by sophomore Sam Purgason from a pass by senior Isaac Cruz, but the Indians went to the front for good with a three by sophomore Isaiah Dahl — who earned a high and friendly bounce off the tin.

The Indians took a 7-2 lead on consecutive baskets by junior Sean Klekas, sinking a jumper and a floater.

Dahl nailed his second three of the contest for a 10-2 cushion, the final bucket of a low-scoring frame dropped on a pull-up from right win by Truckee junior Ryan Flynn.

Entering the second quarter, the Indians led 10-4.

Elko junior Brig Johnson went coast-to-coast from a steal for a finish, and Dahl scooped up a loose ball for another score.

Dahl dropped another shot from a no-look assist by senior EJ Alvarez, but Cruz threw up a wild shot found that bottom of the net.

Sophomore Dawson Dumas cashed the Indians’ third triple of the contest for a 19-6 lead, but Cruz scored four straight with a pull-up and a pair of free throws.

Klekas added Elko’s fourth bomb for a 22-10 lead, but Purgason answered in kind for the Wolverines.

Johnson hit 1-of-2 free throws, and junior Calvin Burden drilled a turn-around just before the break.

At halftime, the Indians led by a dozen at 25-13.

In the third, the Wolverines connected on a three by junior Trevor Stockham.

Dahl broke an Elko drought with a shot from the high post, but Purgason hit a free throw for Truckee.

Dumas flipped up a pretty finger roll, and Johnson freed himself with a spin for a bank shot.

Purgason found a mismatch on the block, making the score 31-19 as the game moved the fourth quarter.

Cruz finished from a feed by Flynn and brought the Wolverines to within 10, but junior Jake Zeller scored five in a row for the Indians — finding an uncontested bucket on the right block and sinking a three from the corner for a 36-21 lead.

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Truckee’s defense never stopped the ball, and Dahl drove for an 8-footer and a 17-point advantage.

Stockham buried a floater on the other end, but Dahl continued his solid performance with a hoop plus the harm.

Purgason hit his second three for the Wolverines, and senior Luis Gaiten stuck a triple against a foul — missing the potential four-point play at the line.

The contest closed with back-to-back threes for the Indians, Zeller tagging his second bomb and Dahl adding his third wet ball from distance.

Elko improved to 22-4 overall and 16-2 in league with a 46-32 victory, dropping Truckee to 7-17 overall and 6-12 in the 3A North.

Dahl led all scorers with 19 points, the Indians’ only player who reached double digits.

Purgason led Truckee with 11 points and blasted two 3s.

Zeller gave the Indians eight point and two 3s — all coming in the second half — Klekas scored all seven of his points before the break and Dumas and Johnson each added five points.

Elko’s scoring was rounded off with a deuce by Burden.

For the Wolverines, Cruz scored eight points in the final game of his career, Stockham chipped in five, Gaiten closed with three and the offense was finished with two points from Flynn.

ELKO 10 15 6 15 46

TRUCKEE 4 9 6 10 29

Versus North Valleys

On Friday, the Indians defeated North Valleys by a final score of 57-34.

*Quarter-box scores and stats for the game were not posted and Elko head coach Chris Klekas was not near his scorebook for totals.

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No. 2 Elko (22-2 overall, 16-2 in league) received a first-round bye in the 3A North regional tournament and will face either No. 3 Lowry (14-4 in league) or No. 6 Dayton (8-10 in league) for a trip to state in the regional semifinal at 4:40 p.m. Friday, at Churchill County High School, in Fallon.

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Fallon assumed the No. 1 position of the Division 3A North standings with a 64-49 victory over Elko, thanks to the Indians' 77-76 loss to No. 3 Lowry on Friday night — Elko falling on its home floor for the first time in consecutive contests since back-to-back defeats on Dec. 8 and Dec. 9, 2011.

The Indians allowed open looks, committed turnovers, missed free throws and gave up rebounds but survived a 65-58 seesaw of play and emotions during a game that left plenty to clean up Friday night at Centennial Gymnasium, avoiding a two-game home losing streak after falling 52-47 loss to Reed on Jan. 18.

At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Elko (15-2 overall, 9-0 in league) will host South Tahoe (10-5 overall, 7-3 in league) — Elko needing a 19-9 run in the fourth quarter for a 58-50 victory over the Vikings during the Indians’ 3A North opener on Dec. 13, 2019, in South Tahoe, California.

The Elko boys basketball team shut down Truckee to seven points in the first half and just two after the break — the clock running the entirety of the second half in a 68-9 demolition — the Indians setting a school record for fewest points allowed in a single game.

While the Elko boys basketball team’s record has one blemish, the Indians are perfect in league play. The Indians (12-1 overall, 6-0 in league) will look to remain unbeaten in the 3A North versus North Valleys at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Truckee at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, at Centennial Gymnasium.

When Friday’s Division 3A North boys basketball teams tipped off, there were three programs with unbeaten records in league play — two remain. Facing Lowry on the road, the nine-time defending league champ took care of business — Elko romping to a 67-34 victory.

Simply put, the Elko boys basketball team is facing a crucial road trip. On Friday, the Indians (4-0 in league) will face the first of two undefeated programs in the 3A North — tipping off at 7:30 p.m. versus Lowry, in Winnemucca. The Tribe and the Greenwave will tip off at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, in Fallon, marking a rematch of the 2019 3A state championship decided by a game-wining three by Fallon's Elijah Jackson.

After needing both free throws by sophomore Michael tKlekas with 13 ticks on the clock for a 45-44 victory over the Star Valley (Wyoming) Braves, the Indians gradually proved to be too much for the Grace (Idaho) Grizzlies.

The Indians rode the backs of sophomores Dawson Dumas and Michael Klekas in a 45-44, come-from-behind win over Star Valley (Wyoming) — Dumas finishing with a career high for points and Klekas sinking a pair of free throws with 13 ticks on the clock.

In its first two games of the Soaring Eagle Holiday Classic, the Elko boys basketball team experienced different outcomes. The Indians rolled to a 15-point victory Saturday over Granger (Utah) but fell by 12 points in their second game of the day versus Bear River (Utah).

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Elko's boys basketball team will look for a 6-0 start to the season and a 3-0 mark in the 3A North versus the Railroaders at 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Centennial Gymnasium. The Indians will close the weekend home stand with a 2:30 p.m. Saturday tip versus Fernley.

Elko's Michael Klekas scored the school's most points during a game in the past 45-plus years Saturday, finishing with a career-high 41 versus Hunter (Utah) in the finale of the Elko Classic. The Indians cruised to an 82-51 victory. In 1973, Richard Cothrun scored a single-game, school-record 43 points against Stewart Indian School (Carson).

The time has come for the heels to hit the hardwood. The first action of the season will take place in a familiar setting, in arguably the best home-court advantage in the state.

The Elko boys basketball program will host its annual Elko Invitational from Thursday through Saturday, at Centennial Gymnasium.

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