The boys basketball team at Eureka County High School departed to Carlin this past Friday for their first league games of the 2015 season. It was a familiar opponent in the Railroaders, who Eureka had already beaten multiple times this season in tournament play.
Eureka showed once again that they were far superior to their counterpart in Carlin.
The Vandals wasted no time as they jumped out to a 24-4 first quarter score and then held the Railroaders scoreless in the second quarter to make the halftime lead 38-4.
All players got to see the court in the runaway game and according to coach Elmer Porter, “all players contributed to the win.” Eureka cruised in the second half to win by a final score of 54-21.
Trevor Merritt and Paul Padilla had 16 and 13 points respectively to lead the scoring output. Nick Gordon helped control the boards for the Vandals as he pulled down 10 rebounds.
The following day, the Vandals once again hopped on the bus and headed to Owhyee for another league contest. The Braves were much stiffer competition than the opponent on the previous night and it showed.
Eureka fell behind 19-13 after the first quarter, but fought back to make it a 34-33 Owhyee advantage at the half.
The Vandals were outscored by nine points in the second half to lose a close game 76-66. The key to the game for Owhyee was converting nine 3-point baskets. The long range efficiency for the Braves gave them what they needed to edge Eureka. Porter remarked on the game by saying, “The Vandals played hard against a tough Owhyee team.”
The win against Carlin and loss against Owhyee gives Eureka a 1-1 league record with many more league games to play. The Vandals will have their first home games this weekend as they play Wells Friday night at 7 p.m. and Jackpot the following day on the 17th here at home starting at 5:30 p.m.