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Incline basketball | Boys off to 2-0 start in league

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The Highlanders are scheduled to play a league game at Yerington on Jan. 2. They host ROP on Jan. 3 at 1 p.m. and Pershing County on Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

The Incline boys continued their high-scoring ways on their league-opening road trip this past weekend, as they defeated West Wendover 98-90 on Friday and Battle Mountain 83-75 the next day.

Incline took control early against West Wendover (2-8 overall, 0-2 in league), outscoring the Wolverines 23-12 in the first quarter and 34-22 in the second to carry a 57-34 lead into the half. West Wendover then outscored Incline 26-16 in the third quarter and 30-25 in the fourth to narrow the final margin to eight points.

Alex Zissis led the Highlanders with 19 points, while Jack Clouthier and Jack Bessette scored 16 apiece, Tommy Thompson had 14, and Dylan Comstock 11. Sophomore Zade Elton led West Wendover with 28 points on 12-of-20 shooting, with 11 rebounds.

Against a competitive Battle Mountain team that is off to a 9-1 start overall (1-1 league), Incline led 22-14 after one quarter but found itself trailing 39-36 at the half. After an evenly matched third quarter that left Incline trailing by five points, the Highlanders scored 25 points to the Longhorns’ 12 in the final frame to pull out the win.

Zissis and Thompson each finished with 17 points, Tanner Quenneville and Bessette each had 13, and Clouthier had 10. Six of Quenneville’s points came in the fourth quarter on full-court attacks after grabbing a rebound. Comstock also hit a big 3 that snapped a 71-71 tie.

Blake Dorian led the Longhorns with 21 points. Battle Mountain defeated North Tahoe 68-38 the previous day.

The Highlanders improved to 9-1 overall and 2-0 in league.