CARLIN – The Jackpot Jaguars capped a perfect season in league play with a home-and-away stint, closing the year with a 10-0 record and a No. 1 seed for the Division 1A North regional tournament.
The Jaguars booked a 73-47 victory on senior night Friday over Owyhee, following with a 65-46 victory Saturday during the Railroaders’ senior-day contest in Carlin.
The Jags led early, often and throughout Friday against the Braves.
Jackpot outscored Owyhee 17-11 in the first quarter, really blowing the game open in the second period.
The Jaguars poured in 23 points in the second quarter, limiting the Braves to just half a dozen.
At the break, Jackpot opened a 23-point advantage of 40-17.
With the game out of reach, the Braves played the Jaguars more evenly in the second half.
Jackpot edged Owyhee 15-14 in the third period and 18-16 in the fourth quarter.
The Jaguars took their second-to-last step toward a perfect season with a 73-47 victory.
The double-head monster of senior Ricky Miramontes and junior Jerry Martinez did damage on the Braves.
Miramontes scored a game-high 21 points, followed closely by 20 points from Martinez – the duo racking up 41 points and nearly keeping pace with Owyhee’s 47 points as a team.
Twelve of Miramontes’ 21 points came courtesy of four 3s, Martinez sinking two triples.
Martinez led the Jags with four steals, Jackpot committing just nine turnovers in the game.
Freshman Julian Dick led the Braves with 13 points, and senior Eduardo Avila scored in double digits for the Jaguars with 10 points – hitting two 3s – leading Jackpot with five assists, adding six rebounds and two steals.
Sophomore Huge Sanchez scored eight points for the Jags, pulling down six boards.
Junior Ramon Cordova scored seven points for Owyhee, the Braves gaining six points each from junior Chance Cota and senior Lance Dick.
Sophomore Steve Rodriguez scored five points for Jackpot, and senior Michael Salas led the glass attack with 14 rebounds – finishing with four points.
OWYHEE – 11 – 6 – 14 – 16 – 47 Total
JACKPOT – 17 – 23 – 15 – 18 – 73 Total
The Jaguars completed a 10-0 record in league play on Saturday in Carlin, raining on senior day for the Railroaders by a final score of 65-46.
Jackpot’s offense rolled in the first half, hanging up another 40 points – 18 in the first quarter and 22 in the second.
Carlin struggled offensively in the first quarter and was held to eight points, but the Railroaders came alive in the second period with 16 points.
By halftime, the Jags led by 16 at 40-24.
Jackpot outscored Carlin 13-9 in the third quarter, but the Railroaders closed their year on the high side in the fourth period by a total of 13-12.
The Jaguars earned a 19-point, 65-46 victory – booking a perfect mark in the 1A Northern-East.
Carlin fell to 1-9 in league play in its season finale.
Martinez carried over his hot play from Friday, scoring a game-high 27 points and connecting on two 3s – also leading the defensive charge with a game-best seven steals.
In the final game of his career, Carlin senior Makai Haub stuffed the stat sheet.
Haub scored 25 of the Railroaders’ 46 points, but he matched the total with a ridiculous 25 rebounds for a huge double-double in a fitting sendoff.
He racked up game highs with five blocks and four assists, leading Carlin with two steals.
Avila scored 10 points for the Jags, adding five steals.
Sanchez finished with nine points, Jackpot gaining eight points from Miramontes.
Salas came away with six steals for a Jackpot defense that notched 21 thefts and forced 35 Carlin turnovers.
Junior Eddie Gomez scored eight points for the Railroaders, junior John Gamble adding six points and grabbing eight rebounds.
Senior Jimmy Payne scored four points and snagged seven boards for Carlin, and junior John Henderson collected eight rebounds.
JACKPOT – 18 – 22 – 13 – 12 – 65 Total
CARLIN – 8 – 16 – 9 – 13 – 46 Total
“We had a good weekend. I really liked how we finished our regular season,” said Jackpot coach Carlos Perez. “Our goal was to continue playing hard going into the final stretch of the season. We want to use this momentum going into the regional tournament.”
The Jaguars will put their No. 1 seed of the Northern-East to the test in the quarterfinal round of the 1A North regional tournament, taking on Northern-West No. 4 Virginia City (9-7) at 8 p.m. Thursday at Wooster High School in Reno.
The winner of the game will play for a trip to state against either Whittell (Nothern-West No. 2) or Eureka (Northern-East No. 3) winner in the semifinal round at 4:40 p.m. Friday at North Valleys High School.
Owyhee closed the season with a 3-7 record in the Northern-East for the No. 4 seed and will play Northern-West No. 1 and defending state champion Mineral County (15-1) at 8 p.m. Thursday at North Valleys.