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Dust Devils too much for short-handed Lakers

Alex Close
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Alex Close/Sierra SunNorth Tahoe's Kona Murray gets up for a ball against visiting Dayton
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North Tahoe’s boys basketball team could not quite keep up with visiting Dayton on Friday night.

Despite putting it all on the table and playing a pretty good game, the Lakers’ game was simply not at the same level as Dayton, which took the last league match-up of the calendar year 65-49.

With holiday vacation looming, North Tahoe (0-3, 3-6) struggled along with only seven players in front of a crowd that mirrored that lack of attendance.

“It’s hard to do it with seven guys,” Laker coach David Hansen said after the game.

Dayton (2-0, 6-2) steadily built up its lead throughout the game, leading by only 5 points at the close of the first quarter.

Heading into the locker room, the Lakers trailed 38-28 after a well-played half. Dayton was simply doing the little extras that put a team ahead, such as hitting occasional 3-pointers and picking off passes from time to time.

By the end of the third quarter a confident-looking Dayton squad was up by 20, at 57-37.

North Tahoe didn’t look beat. Even into the closing seconds of the game, senior Spencer Marple was flying up and down the court stealing balls and making layups.

“I was happy with our effort,” Hansen said.

Against one of the Northern 3A’s top teams, sometimes that’s as good as it gets.

Perhaps because Dayton keyed on senior Michael Forte ” who led the Lakers in scoring with 16 points on the night ” the Dust Devils saw a more evenly spread Laker scoring squad, with Brent Marple nailing three 3-point baskets and posting 10 points, his brother Spencer Marple putting up 7 and Taylor Goode tallying 6. Kona Murray, who returned on Friday from an ejection suspension, scored 8 points.

“It was good to have Kona back,” Hansen said. “And Taylor Goode continues to improve.”

Hansen also commended Oscar Appe, who is the only player on the team to make every single practice and game so far this season.

Hansen said that the next two weeks will be dedicated to working on fundamentals and integrating Murray into the lineup, as well as developing a point guard.

North Tahoe’s varsity girls basketball team played in the Hoopa Valley Winter Warrior Classic on Friday and Saturday.

See Tuesday’s Sierra Sun for results from the tournament.


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