Wednesday, July 30, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

D’backs lose tough game to Raiders

DSC_4519 ec

MAKING HIS WAY into the paint is Union Mine guard Tyler Parker. Democrat file photo by Shelly Thorene

By
From page A6 | January 20, 2014 |

EL DORADO — Union Mine High’s varsity boys basketball team fell to an experienced River City squad, 58-37, Thursday at the Snake Pit in a Sierra Valley Conference contest.

The Diamondbacks (1-3, 5-11) held their guests to 23 points in the second half, but couldn’t finish at the rim consistently enough to build a comeback.

“We knew going into this game that River City would be better than us,” Union Mine head coach Mike Verbitsky said. “We have a very young team and couldn’t finish throughout the night — there were some moments where the boys played great basketball, we played better defense in the second half — but we knew it was going to be a tough game.”

Had Union Mine come out with the same intensity as the second half starting from tip-off, the result may have been different. As it was, River City leaped ahead with a 17-point first quarter that left the D’Backs with a meager five points.

Union Mine’s offense picked up a bit in the second quarter, generating 10 – but a lack of defensive stops gave up another 18 points to the visitors and left the hosts down 35-15 at half.

“They came out ready to play,” Verbitsky said. “And we weren’t ready to play ball in the first half.”

D’back Brett Owens utilized his perimeter shooting skills in the second quarter to give Union Mine a late boost, drilling back-to-back three pointers that gave his bench vocal chords and fans a bit of hope.

“Brett (Owens) did a great job tonight,” Verbitsky said. “He came out and made some big shots on offense, and had a solid defensive game. A lot of the guys on this team are young and still adjusting to this level of play — but they’re all working hard to get better and these experiences are only going to help us get better.”

Union Mine’s Mikey O’Neill had a team high 10 points on the night, while Owens finished with nine and Andrew Vaughn contributed eight.

Brody Pearman, who was a true hustler on both ends of the court for Union Mine, finished with four points. Austin Russell had three points while Austin Helmholtz finished with a pair and Tyler Parker hit a free throw to round out the scoring for Union Mine.

Union Mine plays Sierra Valley Conference and intra-county foe El Dorado at the Cougars’ den on Tuesday.

Comments

comments

Brandon Anicich

.

News

 
District 2 candidate statements tell of goals

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1

Sand Fire nears containment: 66 structures destroyed

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Schedule for Highway 50 blasting closures

By News Release | From Page: A3

Tails wagging over dog park approval

By Julie Samrick | From Page: A3

 
Quarter-acre fire in Kelsey

By Rebecca Murphy | From Page: A3

.

Opinion

My Turn: Privatization of public services

By Mark Belden | From Page: A4

 
Policy book

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4

 
.

Letters

Large bangs

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 2 Comments

 
Private property gets no respect

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

GDPUD management report

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
District 2 supervisorial special election

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 2 Comments

Piano replaced

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
Comments sign-in policy

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

Save the Guinea Worm

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
.

Sports

Sierra Sharks finish middle of the pack

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A8

 
Roundup: July 29, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A8

Taz pull through for SSL trophy

By Patty Pope | From Page: A8

 
Ex-Bruin lends a helping hand

By Steven Shaff | From Page: A8 | Gallery

.

Prospecting

Nuns discover a pleasant place

By Lexi Boeger | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Bargains can be found everywhere

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

At a glance: Game time

By Mimi Escabar | From Page: B2

 
Barbecue dinner to benefit Blue Star Moms

By Mount Aukum Winery | From Page: B2

Stagecoach story takes riders on a trip

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: B3

 
Help needed to make cool ties

By Sew 4 | From Page: B3

Stroke and osteoporosis screenings planned

By Life Line Screening | From Page: B3

 
Gold Rush Days activities cancelled this year

By Sacramento Convention And Visitors Center | From Page: B4

Master Food Preservers: Tomato time

By Monique Wilber | From Page: B4

 
Build an author platform at the Library

By El Dorado | From Page: B5

 
Sacramento area museums offer summer fun

By Sacramento Association Of Museums | From Page: B5

.

Essentials

Weather stats 7-29-14

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

 
Building permits 6/2-6/2014

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2Comments are off for this post

Crime Log: July 17

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

 
.

Obituaries

Merlyn Wilbur Adams

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Lisa Oliver Rose

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Wallace Murrel Thomas

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
.

Real Estate

.

Comics

.

Women’s Health

Love the skin you’re in

By Noel Stack | From Page: WH4

Dump stress and improve your health, productivity

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: WH7Comments are off for this post

Women’s Health Expo

By Marshall Medical | From Page: WH8

Find the confidence you need to fight back

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: WH12

Our choices directly affect our health

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: WH14

They’re NOT your mother’s hearing devices!

By Marshall Medical | From Page: WH17