Laker boys drop a pair |

Laker boys drop a pair

Seth Lightcap/Sierra SunNorth Tahoe senior Eric Holman goes up hard and nets two foul shots against Silver State on Saturday. The Lakers lost to the Rams, 74-50.

The North Tahoe boys basketball team dropped two league games this past weekend, falling to visiting Silver State 74-50 on Saturday and losing to host Mineral County 47-39 on Friday.Silver State arrived ready to play with a fast and athletic team. From the opening whistle both teams were off and running, settling into a quick, up-tempo pace. The Rams agile guards sliced to the basket for several early points that led to an early lead, but the Lakers (0-4 league) stood their ground and kept the margin at five going into the second quarter.The Rams shifted gears in the second quarter, cranking up their fast full-court offense. The Lakers played tough defense and hit open shots, but could not repel the Silver State attack as the visiting team took a 42-21 lead into the half.The second half began as a grudge match with neither team putting up many points. Silver State mounted another rally late in the quarter, however, and closed the third up 57-29.Finishing the game, the Lakers showed incredible endurance and composure as they fought vigilantly at both ends of the court. North Tahoe junior Armando Aguilar, playing in just his second varsity game, converted several Ram turnovers into layups to lead his team with 13 points. Seniors Eric Holman and Mike Basile contributed 12 and 11 points.

In a game that featured two evenly matched teams in terms of size and speed, the host Serpents jumped all over the Lakers early, building a 12-4 lead by the end of the first quarter.Hawthorne converted several easy transition baskets in the second quarter to take a 25-13 lead into the half.Playing in his first varsity game, Aguilar helped bring North Tahoes offense back to life in the third quarter with several of his team-high 10 points. By the middle of the fourth, the Lakers had whittled the Serpent lead to six, yet struggled to tie it up.North Tahoe coach Mike Williams felt the team played well against the Serpents, but that turnovers and missed opportunities hurt them early in the game.

North Tahoe hosts Silver Stage on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

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