Incline basketball | Boys return to winning ways against ROP
Northern Division III boys standings
West Wendover 7-0
Battle Mountain 4-3
North Tahoe 3-2
Pershing County 3-3
White Pine 3-4
Silver Stage 0-5
INCLINE VILLAGE — Incline’s boys got back on the winning track with a 60-47 league victory against visiting Rite of Passage on Tuesday.
Three days after getting upset by sixth-place Yerington, 56-48, on the road, the Highlanders traded leads with the Rams throughout the first quarter and into the second before taking control with a barrage of 3-pointers before the half.
After falling behind for the final time at 13-12, Incline ended the second quarter by outscoring ROP 22-6, using runs of 7-0 and 10-0 to build its lead to 34-19 by the break.
“I’m just glad we got to play. I’m being completely honest when I say it was just nice to see our team on the floor tonight,” said Incline coach Tim Kelly, whose team has been dealing with internal issues of late. Kelly would not elaborate.
Regardless of their issues, the Highlanders throughly dominated their competition Tuesday.
Senior guard Orin Porter and junior point guard Alex Zissis scored nearly at will in the second quarter. Zissis hit four 3-pointers in the first half while Porter repeatedly slashed through traffic to the rim. Jack Clouthier, Christian Biscotti and Dylan Comstock contributed to the onslaught, which noticeably dampened the spirits of the Rams, who repeatedly failed to get back on defense.
The Highlanders took advantage, as Clouthier scored the first four points of the second half on fast breaks to extend Incline’s lead to 38-19. Porter converted a fast-break layup to end the third quarter and another to open the fourth. He followed by stealing the inbound pass and scoring again to round out his night with a game-high 18 points.
Comstock drained a 3-pointer a couple minutes later to give Incline its largest lead of the game, at 60-34.
ROP, which dropped to 1-6 in league play, scored the last 13 points to narrow the final margin.
Zissis finished with 16 points, all in the first half, while Comstock scored eight points, Biscotti seven and Clouthier six. Wade Henderson led the Rams with 13. Levi Walker added 10 points and London Jones nine.
Incline, which improved to 5-2 in Northern Division III play and 12-6 overall, will host North Tahoe on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
According to a press release, three ROP boys fled after Tuesday’s game and were caught about two hours later running into the woods near State Route 28 and Gonowabie Road.
Rite of Passage is a school for troubled and at-risk youth from social services, welfare agencies and juvenile courts, according to its website.
Boys split over weekend
Incline routed Silver Stage 73-37 on Friday and lost 56-48 at Yerington on Saturday.
The Highlanders controlled the game against the Nighthawks, leading 36-15 at the half and 54-24 at the end of the third quarter.
Saturday was different.
Incline seemed poised to close out the victory after carrying a 29-21 lead into the half. But the Lions responded by outscoring the Highlanders 15-3 in the third quarter to take a 36-32 lead into the final frame.
Incline managed 16 points in the fourth but gave up 20, and Yerington escaped with the win.
Dakota Aiazzi led the Lions with 17 points and Cortez Berumen added nine. Incline stats were not available.
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