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Battle Mountain too much for Laker boys

Seth Lightcap/Sierra SunNorth Tahoe guard Eric Holman finds just enough space to get off a shot during the Lakers' 58-39 loss against Battle Mountain on Friday.
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The North Tahoe boys basketball team played its first-ever Northern 2A league game against Battle Mountain on Friday. Though the 2A features schools of smaller enrollment, the visitors proved to be a bigger team than the Lakers could handle, as the Longhorns cruised to a 58-39 win.

Battle Mountain’s noticeably taller squad got the rally started early on. Though the Lakers battled their taller opponents, the Longhorns went up by seven to finish the first quarter.

Laker head coach Scott Williams noticed the effort.



“Battle Mountain has quite a bit of size,” said Williams, whose team fell to 0-1 in league and 2-10 overall. “Our guys really put in a great effort to play physical with them.”

The Longhorns were still hot to start the second quarter as they started to pull away. Forced turnovers and bad passes hurt the Laker offense, as Battle Mountain took a 32-15 lead into the half.



Charging out of the locker room to start the second half, the Lakers perked up. Williams turned on the press, which created offensive opportunities and kept the Longhorns off the boards.

Impressive defense did not help them on the other end of the court, however, as the Lakers struggled to put the ball in the hoop.

“Our press is improving but when we get a steal we’re forcing shots and passes,” Williams said.

The third quarter ended with the Longhorns up 47-26.

Laker hopes for a comeback were set back as leading scorer Eric Holman ” who posted 13 points ” fouled out to start the fourth. North Tahoe did manage a rally, however, pulling to within 12 points with 3 minutes left.

Williams felt free throws cost his team a lot of points in the loss.

“We were 8 for 30 from the free throw line, which really hurt us,” Williams said. “We’ll be shooting a lot of free throws in practice.”

Although he was disappointed to lose the first league game, Williams thinks his team’s new home in the 2A is a good fit.

“We’re appropriately matched up. I think we have a good future in the 2A league,” he said.

The Lakers host Silver Stage on Monday at 7:30 p.m.


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