ELKO – Fittingly, the best player on the No. 1 team from the 1A Northern-East was honored for his efforts after a fantastic season.
Jackpot senior Ricky Miramontes led the Jaguars to a perfect 10-0 record in league play, and he was selected as the league’s Player of the Year.
Carlin senior center Makai Haub dominated the opposition in the middle, earning the Defensive Player of the Year honor.
The Jags were not only honored with the award for the best player, Jackpot’s bench was also recognized with the best scheme – head coach Carlos Perez earning the Coach of the Year award.
Along with Miramontes and Haub, two other Elko County ballers finished the season with 1st-Team All-League selections – both hailing from Jackpot.
Junior Jerry Martinez and senior Eduardo Avila joined a pair of McDermitt hoopers, senior Cauy Crutcher and sophomore Ben Draunidalo, on the 1st-Team All-League unit.
Leading the guard-heavy Jags to an unblemished mark in league play, Miramontes ranked third in the conference in scoring at 17.2 points per game.
He led Jackpot and finished second in the league to Crutcher’s 60 3s with 58 bombs of his own from beyond the arc.
Miramontes closed the year second in steals to Martinez with 3.4 thefts per game and 75 takeaways for the season.
In 19 of 22 ballgames, Miramontes scored in double figures – his season lows coming in two eight-point efforts – dropping a season-high of 32 points Dec. 11, 2017, against Castleford (Idaho).
He scored 20 or more points seven times.
Miramontes stroked six 3s in three contests, making three or more triples in 10 games.
He snagged a season-high eight steals on Jan. 31 against Wells, collecting three or more takeaways in 16 off 22 ballgames.
In the Castleford game, he also tied for his season high with six rebounds and dished a season-best four assists.
Statistically, no player in the league put up more impressive numbers than Haub – albeit without the same supporting cast as playoff teams.
Haub averaged a monster double-double, leading the league in scoring and rebounding – dropping 23.8 points and snagging 18.1 boards per game – closing with 17 double-doubles in 18 tries.
He scored in double digits in all but one of 18 games, putting on a show on Jan. 20 against Wells – blasting the Leopards for career benchmarks of 43 points and 28 rebounds.
Haub booked 20 or more points in 12 games, dropping 32 or more five times.
Only one time did Haub not grab double-digit rebounds, collecting 20 or more boards in eight games – each occurrence paired with at least 20 points.
The big man also topped Carlin’s roster with a league-best 3.1 blocks, 2.8 steals (sixth in the league) and two assists per game (seventh in the league).
Haub blocked at least one shot in 16 of 18 games, pounding three or more swats in 10 contests.
On Dec. 15, 2017, he hammered a season-high seven stuffs against Tonopah – coupling the effort with 25 points, 17 rebounds, three assists and two steals.
He also made at least one steal in 16 games, making three or more takeaways in 11 contests and thieving his season high of seven on Jan. 26 against Eureka – adding to a 24-point, 14-board and two-block output.
Martinez not only played his way to a 1st-Team All-League position, he also grabbed an All-League Defense selection – topping the 1A Northern-East with 3.9 steals per game.
He ranked second on Jackpot’s roster with 15.7 points per contest – finishing fifth in the league in scoring – adding 2.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists (fourth in the league).
Martinez scored in double figures in 21 of 23 games – finishing with at least 20 points five times – dropping a season-high 27 points on Feb. 10 against the Railroaders in Carlin.
He made four or more steals in 13 ballgames, tallying a season-high eight takeaways on Jan. 19 against Carlin in Jackpot – also dishing a season-high six assists.
On Dec. 13, 2017, against North Gem (Idaho), Martinez grabbed a season-best seven boards.
Avila served as the Jags’ most versatile weapon, leading the team and finishing second in the league at 4.1 assists per game – finishing fourth in the 1A Northern-East with three steals per contest.
His 5.4 rebounds per game were seventh-best in the league, the afore-mentioned categories complementing his 8.4 points per game on offense.
Avila scored in double figures in eight games, booking 17 points twice – coming on Jan. 20 against Owyhee and Jan. 27 against McDermitt.
His season highs in rebounds and assists came on Jan. 23 against Twin Falls Christian Academy, ripping down 10 boards and serving up eight dimes to go along with three steals.
Avila’s season-best seven thefts came on Dec. 12,2017, against Hansen (Idaho), and he blocked a pair of shots of Jan. 6 in McDermitt.
Martinez was joined on the All-Defensive Team by Wells junior Enrique Aguilar and Owyhee freshman Julian Dick.
Two Elko County players earned 2nd-Team All-League selections; Owyhee junior Ramon Cordova and Wells senior Kaysen Sorensen.
Cordova led the Braves in scoring, the only Owyhee player to average double figures – dropping 10.4 points per game – booking a season-high 22 points on Jan. 4 in Carlin, scoring in double digits in seven games.
*Wells did not post stats throughout the season.
Jackpot senior Michael Salas, Owyhee sophomore Rigo Cordova and Wells senior Juan Berumen closed the season with honorable mentions for consideration to league awards.
Salas led the Jags and finished fifth in the league in rebounding at 6.8 boards per game, scoring 6.6 points and adding two steals per outing.
He grabbed double-digit boards four times, finishing with 14 rebounds on three occasions – coupling 15 points with 14 rebounds on Jan. 27 against McDermitt for his only double-double.
Salas scored in double figures five times, dropping a season-high 18 points against the Bulldogs on Jan. 6 in McDermitt.
Rigo Cordova led the Braves in three-pointers, splashing 21 triples on the season.
He averaged nine points per contest – reaching double digits in six games – closing with a season-best 25 points on Jan. 25 against the Railroaders in Owyhee, sinking a season-high four 3s on Jan. 4 in Carlin.
Berumen returned to the floor late for the Leopards, missing the bulk of the season with a broken hand he suffered at the end of the football season.
*Wells did not post stats.
The Leopards endured several injuries and losses to key players, finishing the year with a 2-8 record in league play – but they were chosen for the Team Sportsmanship award.
Congrats to Ricky Miramontes for his Player of the Year honor, Makai Haub for the Defensive Player of the Year nod, Carlos Perez on being named the Coach of the Year and Jackpot on a terrific season, Jerry Martinez and Eduardo Avila for being named to the 1st-Team All-League list and to all players and teams who found recognition after a season on boys basketball in the 1A Northern-East.