Incline basketball: Boys compete in Whittell Invitational
Incline is scheduled to begin Northern Division III play with home games against West Wendover on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Battle Mountain on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
The Incline boys went 1-2 and got a preview of one of their Division III foes in the Whittell Invitational last week.
After opening the tournament with a 66-57 win over Whittell on Wednesday, the Highlanders lost 72-67 to Division I North Valleys on Friday and dropped a 50-49 contest to rival North Tahoe on Saturday.
The host Warriors — a Division IV power in recent years since moving down from the Division III — matched the Highlanders for nearly three quarters Wednesday. Following an even first quarter, Whittell led 33-29 at the half and took a 43-38 lead with 3:06 to play in the third quarter on a three-point play by Quinn Kixmiller.
Incline took control from there, however, outscoring Whittell 28-14 the remainder of the game, including a 9-0 run to end the third quarter, to pull away. The win marked the Highlanders’ 13th consecutive victory over the Warriors over the last eight seasons.
Junior guard Jon Cromer led Incline with a well-rounded game — 19 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and four assists. Freshman Jackson Littleton added 12 points, all on three-pointers, Tanner Quenneville and Matt Cromer scored 10 points apiece, Bryan Golombik had eight points, and Joey Stranzl had five points and six assists.
Palmer Chaplin scored 15 for Whittell and Kixmiller had 13.
Quenneville — who saw his first action of the season in the tournament after sitting out the first give games with an injury — had a huge game against North Valleys. The senior guard scored 26 points on 9-of-18 shooting, including a 6-for-6 performance from the free-throw line.
Stranzl scored 14 points and Golombik had nine, while senior forward Blake Perry dominated the boards with 17 rebounds, three blocks and six points.
Sophomore Jalen Meadors led North Valleys with 20 points.
The Highlanders stumbled out of the gate against league rival North Tahoe on Saturday, falling behind 12-4 by the end of the first quarter and 30-15 by the half. The Lakers led by as many as 19 points in the third quarter before the Highlanders began chipping away.
Incline outscored North Tahoe 14-10 in the third quarter and 20-10 in the fourth to cut the final margin to a single point.
Stranzl finished with a game-high 18 points, while Perry had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Littleton and Golombik scored nine points apiece. For the Lakers, Teddy Gibeaut and Max Burkhardt each scored 12.
The Highlanders are now 4-4 on the season.