North Tahoe boys basketball wins by forfeit
The North Tahoe boys basketball team earned a win in the simplest form this past Friday when visiting Greenville (Calif.) failed to show up for a nonleague contest.
Lakers head coach Mike Williams said he still is unsure why the visiting team never arrived. Either way, the referees, fans and players were left waiting, and waiting, until it became clear that Greenville was in fact a no-show.
The forfeit victory improved North Tahoe’s preseason record to 2-6.
Despite the slow start, Williams is confident his team has improved during the early season and will be ready to take on Northern 2A competition come Jan. 4, when the Lakers host Silver Stage to kick off league. In the meantime, North Tahoe has a week off before returning to the court on Jan. 2.
“In the preseason we played a lot of bigger schools, so hopefully that geared us up for league,” Williams said, adding that the week off may help the Lakers prepare for division play.
“Hopefully we can refine some things we’re not doing well,” the coach continued. “We’ve been struggling with turnovers and finishing on the offensive end. It would be nice if we would start rebounding better, too.”
With student athletes focused on finals this week, the Lakers do not play again until they host Hutchison of Fairbanks, Alaska, on Jan. 2.