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Manogue outlasts Galena with buzzer-beating layup

Nothing says high school basketball like a jammed gymnasium on a late-season Friday night featuring a battle of rivals with a league championship on the line.  That was the situation when Bishop Manogue traveled the “short” road  to Galena for the first Friday in February renewal of their south Reno boys basketball rivalry. What happened over the four quarters of prep basketball was a frenetic contest that ended with a buzzer-beating layup by Manogue’s Josh Rolling, which ended the game and sent the Miner student section on to the court to celebrate their second close win of the season over the Grizzlies in the past two weeks.  The 51-49 victory for the Miners clinches the top spot in the 4-A’s Sierra League with a number one seed for the upcoming playoffs.

The final play, which led to Rolling’s game-winning basket,  featured  each of Manogue’s top scorers handling the ball.  Gabe Bansuelo moved the  ball toward Kolton Frugoli, who was collapsed upon by the Gal

ena defense along the baseline.  Frugoli’s pass to a wide open Rolling underneath the basket ended with a layup off the glass with just one second remaining in the game.  As the clock quickly moved to zero, the buzzer sounded and the game ended spurring the celebration for Manogue’s team and fans.

The hard earned victory for the Miners overshadowed a gritty Galena comeback made necessary by a disastrous one point first quarter for the Grizzlies.  Galena spent the next three quarters trying to overcome the early deficit and nearly completed a successful comeback by tying the game at 49 with 17 seconds left in regulation.  Poor fourth quarter free throw shooting by Manogue opened the door for the Galena comeback which was led by senior forward Moses Wood, who finished the game with 25 points.

Manogue’s trio of Frugoli (19 points), Bansuelo (14 points) and Rolling (14 points) scored 47 of the Miner’s final total of 51.

For Galena the consolation prize is a second place finish in the Sierra League and a number two seed in the upcoming playoffs.  Galena’s five league losses in the 2017-18 regular season, have come in close fashion to Spanish Springs, Reno, Reed and Manogue.  In those five losses, the Grizzlies have lost by an average of only five points, making Galena a threat to anyone they play in the upcoming 4-A playoffs, which begin February 14.

As the two teams move forward they each have some “homework” to do  before the playoffs begin.  for the victorious Miners (12-2) it will be extra time at the free throw line in the upcoming practices in order to avoid the late game misses that nearly cost them an epic victory.  For Galena, the search will continue for a consistent second and third scorer behind Moses Wood.  With only two games left in the regular season, the search for those answers will intensify and any success in the playoffs for these two rivals may well rest on the answers found.


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