The Lowry High School boys basketball team continues to give teams fits in the Northern 3A East, but are still looking to get that first win in league play.
Lowry was back on the road this past Thursday in Spring Creek and gave the Spartans everything they could handle. Spring Creek used a late run to win 70-63.
The Spartans won the first meeting by 23 points.
Lowry closed out the road trip on Saturday afternoon in Elko and lost 71-41 to fall to 0-7 in the Northern 3A East and 9-12 overall.
Spring Creek 70, Lowry 63
Matthew Casalez and Kasyn Garner helped the Buckaroos stay within striking distance at Spring Creek with 23 and 156 points, respectively. For Casalez, it was career high.
Lowry led throughout the first half and took a 32-29 advantage into halftime. Spring Creek erased the deficit out of the break and led 47-46 going into the fourth quarter.
The Spartans began to pull away in the final eight minutes and secured the seven-point win to avoid the upset.
Dempsey Jenkins added nine points for the Buckaroos.
ANTHONY MORI • Elko Daily Free Press
Lowry's Matthew Casalez blocks out for a rebound in Thursday's game at Spring Creek.
Elko 71, Lowry 41
Lowry finished the Elko County swing on the schedule on Saturday afternoon and could not overcome a slow start in the loss to Elko.
The Indians jumped out to a 22-7 lead in the first quarter and came out of the break with a 15-8 run in the third quarter.
With the two losses, Lowry has been eliminated from playoff contention. Fernley leads the league at 6-0, followed by Elko (6-1), Spring Creek (4-3) and Churchill County (3-4).
Lowry travels to Falon on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. tip and to North Valleys on Saturday for a 1 p.m. start.