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Grant Brorby

Spring Creek's Grant Brorby (2) draws a foul as he goes to the bucket past Fernley's Anthony Thompson, left, and Tucker Hall on Dec. 20, 2019, in Spring Creek. Brorby matched his career high with 11 points in a 55-50 victory for the Spartans' first win of the season. The Spartans and the Vaqueros will tip off for the second time of the season at 7:30 p.m. Friday, in Fernley.

SPRING CREEK — Essentially three games out in the win column of the sixth and final berth to the regional tournament, the Spring Creek boys basketball team likely needs a pair of road victories to climb back in the hunt.

The good news for the Spartans is that they have already beaten the two teams they will face.

Spring Creek (4-15 overall, 3-8 in league) will open its trip with a 7:30 p.m. Friday date, in Fernley.

The Spartans took down the Vaqueros (7-10 overall, 6-7 in league) by a final score of 55-50 on Dec. 20, 2019, in Spring Creek — far and away the Spartans’ best win of the season.

Spring Creek placed three players in double digits, led by a team-high 16 points and a game-best eight rebounds from senior Reed Westwood, who added two steals.

For the Vaqueros, sophomore Carson Kingston dropped a team-high 19 points and two 3s.

Kingston grabbed a team-best seven boards, tied for the team high with three takeaways and dished a team-best two assists.

Spring Creek senior Devin Holmes knocked down a game-high three 3s and finished with 12 points, five rebounds and a steal.

Junior Grant Brorby matched his career high with 11 points and closed with four rebounds, three dimes and a pair of thefts.

The Vaqueros gained eight points apiece from junior Anthony Thompson, senior Drew Miller and junior Tucker Hall.

Miller jerked down six rebounds, blocked a game-high four shots, dished an assist and made a steal.

Thompson collected five boards, and Hall added three steals, two rebounds and an assist.

Junior Daunte Ceresola closed out the scoring for Fernley with seven points, five rebounds and two takeaways.

Spring Creek sophomore Garrison Bylund finished with six points and six boards, junior Jayce Esplin notching four points and five rebounds.

The Spartans’ offense was rounded out by three points apiece from junior Sam Tomera and senior Kyle Owsley.

Owsley had a nice game in several areas, making a team-high four steals, pacing the defense with three thefts and snagging three rebounds.

Fernley has proven to be a better team since the New Year.

After battling injuries early in the season, the Vaqueros are 5-3 since the turning of the calendar.

On Jan. 23, Fernley beat No. 3 Lowry by a final score of 66-55 — capping a four-game winning streak.

Against defending state champion Fallon, the Vaqueros fell 58-41 on Jan. 25.

On Tuesday, Dayton avenged a 72-65 overtime loss on Jan. 7, in Fernley, the Dust Devils taking an overtime contest on their home floor by a one-point, 47-46 tally.

Stat Comparisons

Fernley is more proficient at putting up points and sinking shots, scoring 51 points per game and knocking down 39 percent of its field goals — Spring Creek averaging 43.9 points and burying shots at a 33-percent clip from the floor.

Rebounding is a virtual wash, the Vaqueros snagging 28.8 boards and the Spartans collecting 28.2.

The Vaqueros have set up teammates to score with 10.1 assists, the Spartans posting 8.1 dimes.

Defensively, Fernley tallies 7.8 steals and 1.7 blocks — Spring Creek averaging 7.1 takeaways and 1.1 swats.

Team Leaders

Fernley

Scoring — Kingston at 16 points per game, Ceresola (9.7), Hall (8.1), Thompson (6.0), Miller (5.1), sophomore Isaac O’Neill (5.0 in three games), junior Jonah Turner (4.0), sophomore Julian McIntyre (3.5) and junior Justin Hyman (2.2)

Rebounding — Miller at seven rebounds per contest, Ceresola (5.7), Kingston (5.2), Thompson (3.9), Hall and senior Trevor Hargett (3.1) and Turner (2.5)

Assists — O’Neill with 3.7 dimes per game, Miller (2.2) Kingston (2.0), Hall and Hargett (1.8), Thompson (1.5) and freshman Jett Caudle (one in one game)

Steals — Hall with 1.8 takeaways per game, Kingston and Hargett (1.6) and Ceresola (1.2)

Blocks — Miller with 1.7 stuffs per contest

Spring Creek

Scoring — Westwood at 10.1 points per ballgame, Bylund (8.1), Owsley (7.9), Holmes (6.2) and Brorby (5.4)

Rebounding — Westwood with 5.7 boards per game, Bylund (4.6), Holmes (4.5), Esplin (3.5), Owsley (2.8) and Brorby (2.6)

Assists — Owsley at 2.3 dimes per contest, Brorby (2.2) and Holmes (1.2)

Steals — Owsley with 1.6 steals per outing, Holmes (1.4), Holmes (1.2) and Westwood (1.0)

Blocks — Westwood with .4 swats per game

Game Time

The Spartans (4-15 overall, 3-8 in league) will look for their second victory over the Vaqueros (7-10 overall, 6-7 in league) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, in Fernley.

Weekend Wrap

Spring Creek will cap its weekend with a 2:30 p.m. Saturday tip versus the Railroaders (2-17 overall, 1-12 in league) at The Brick House, in Sparks.

The Spartans pulled away from the Railroaders with 37-24 run in the second half for a 64-47 victory in the first matchup on Dec. 21, 2019, in Spring Creek.

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On Friday, the Spartans (4-15 overall, 3-8 in league) were edged out in a 38-36 defensive struggle versus No. 6 Dayton — the Dust Devils claiming each of the season meetings — and Spring Creek’s home stand closed Saturday with a 66-52 loss to South Tahoe.

If the Spring Creek boys basketball team wants to solidify its No. 6 position or move up in the 3A North standings, the Spartans (3-11 overall, 2-4 in league) have to strike. During its upcoming home series, Spring Creek will face the No. 8 and No. 10 teams in the division.

The Spring Creek boys basketball will return home after its road trip resulted in a pair of losses, falling by 22 points against the defending 3A state champions and coming up 14 points short versus No. 2 Lowry — tied for second in the league.

No snow in the low ground, and the sledding has been tough for the Spring Creek boys basketball team. Spring Creek fell to 0-5 overall and 0-2 in the 3A North on the heels of a 51-34 loss to Dayton on Dec. 13 and a 65-46 defeat at South Tahoe on Dec. 14. The Spartans will search for their first win of the season versus Fernley at 7:30 p.m. Friday, in Spring Creek.

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As head coach Jesse Zamudio enters his second season at the helm of the Spring Creek boys basketball team, the Spartans are “working hard” in their search for a return to playoff hoops.

Coming off Friday’s 58-55 road win against Fernley, the Spartans took a dive in the middle portions of Saturday’s 55-48 loss to Sparks — just its second win in league play — the Railroaders improving to 3-18 overall and 2-13 in the Division 3A North.

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