Eureka started their season under head coach Elmer Porter by squaring off against three opponents from around the state in the annual WREC tournament in Carlin. A dominant performance in their first game of the season against Tonopah gave them a 65-34 win over the Muckers. Trevor Merritt scored a team high 23 points followed by a strong performance from Nick Gordon who added 14 points.
On Dec. 5, Eureka played Battle Mountain and fell to the Longhorns 55-24. Battle Mountain is a bigger school and plays in a higher division. Eureka had trouble with Battle Mountain as they had only one player in double figures. The same day, Eureka played another larger school in Wendover and had much different results. Eureka had three players in double figures in the game as Paul Padilla scored 12 points, Nick Gordon added 16, and Nick Hornberger lead the team in scoring with 17. The collective scoring effort put forth from Eureka earned them a 60-48 win against Wendover.
The last game of the WREC tournament for the Vandals gave them their third victory of the season over the long weekend. Eureka defeated Round Mountain 60-47 as Trevor Merritt dumped in 21 points for the Vandals with Paul Padilla adding 13 points of his own.
Eureka was 3-1 after the WREC tournament heading into the following weekend as they traveled to Virginia City to play in the Comstock Classic on Dec. 11 and 12. The Vandals drew annual powerhouse Pahranagat Valley in their first game of the tournament. This game probably showed where the Vandals rate among the state as they battled the Panthers beyond regulation time. Merritt added 17 points while Gordon and Padilla contributed with 14 and 13 points respectively. In the end, Eureka fell in overtime to Pahranagat Valley 63-60.
If the Panthers are as good as they have been in recent years, Eureka should feel pretty confident in their chances at a successful season.
The following day, Eureka faced a familiar opponent from the previous weekend. The Vandals played Tonopah for the second time in two weeks and for the second time came away with the victory. Eureka defeated Tonopah 39-30. Later in the day, Eureka trampled Coleville in their third game of the Comstock Classic by a score of 69-18. Hornberger lead the team with 19 points while Merritt was a close second with 18 points to lead the Vandals past Coleville.
The final game of the Comstock Classic had another impressive result for Eureka as they concluded their weekend with a 62-39 victory of the Smith Valley Bulldogs. Eureka went 3-1 over the weekend which brought their overall record to 6-2.
So far, the statistical leaders for Eureka are as follows. Trevor Merritt is averaging a team leading 16.1 points per game. The assist leader for the Vandals with 2.5 per game is Nick Hornberger. Hornberger also leads the team with 3.6 steals per game. Forward Clancy Talbot contributes 9.3 rebounds per game to lead Eureka on the boards.
Eureka will continue its season this weekend at the Round Mountain Tournament on Dec. 19 and 20.
The Vandals will start league play on Jan. 9 at Carlin. They will then travel to Owhyee the following day to face the Braves.