by JENNIFER IRVINE
This last week our fellow Miners went head to head in an intense battle against the Lemoore Tigers! The entire crowd was on their feet throughout the fierce game and with only seconds left our Miners lost 50-48 in a West Yosemite League matchup. We didn’t hand over the win, our key players fought hard with Matt Boyd scoring 27 points and JC Robles dominating the court with his offensive skills by scoring point after point. The Miners were ahead by 23-19 at break, but the Tigers had a 16-2 run to start the quarter. Roger Wilson continually hit 3-pointers and gave Lemoore a 29-27 lead. They increased their lead early in the fourth to 10 ahead and then held on tight. With the score of 50-46 and a minute left the Miners increased the score to 50-48 with a layup and a shot off with a second left! Lemoore called a timeout then inbounded the ball and the buzzer rang.
Matt Boyd kept a positive attitude after the loss, “Lemoore is a tough opponent, and although we played particularly hard last night, we had a few mental lapses in the second half that resulted in a lead. All in all, it was a step in the right direction; competition wise. Now were preparing for our next game Saturday, against another good team.”