In a showdown between El Dorado’s and Union Mine’s boys basketball teams Tuesday, the host Cougars routed the Diamondbacks 62-30 in Sierra Valley Conference intra-county play.
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Offensively, Union Mine shot below 24 percent from the field and went 2-for-15 from three-point land. The Cougars capitalized, outscoring their visitors in all four quarters while matching Union Mine’s point total with just threes made (10-of-19).
“We played hard and held a team below 40,” El Dorado head coach Conrad Dizon said. “In a rivalry game, you don’t want to lose on your home floor, so credit to our seniors for really earning it.”
Senior Aaron Line led El Dorado in scoring, notching 18 points, while junior Ian Spencer chipped in with 11. Mike O’Neill and Austin Russell scored seven apiece for Union Mine.
“We are happy with how it turned out,” Line said. “We had a game plan we wanted to play with and we really played great defense.”
Tommy Williams completed a rare four-point-play with a tough three and added foul shot, followed by a three at the first quarter buzzer from Spencer as the Cougars led 9-2.
In the second, Spencer added two more treys and the last points of the half came on a basket-and-1 from Jeff Riley, making the score at the break, 31-13, El Dorado.
Due to stringent defense from both teams in the third, El Dorado led 41-18 with one quarter left.
The Cougars cleared the bench in the fourth and when it was all over had lapped the D’backs on the scoreboard.
“Good for them (the reserves) to play,” Dizon said. “They work hard and make us better so it is good for them to get rewarded.”
El Dorado had won three in a row to improve to 3-2 in conference play, while Union Mine has dropped three straight to slip to 1-4.