Incline basketball | Boys split vs. Yerington, Rite of Passage
The Incline boys split a pair of league contests this past weekend, as they bounced back from an 82-69 loss at Yerington on Friday with an 86-59 home win over ROP the next day.
Yerington is now the only remaining undefeated team in the Northern Division III, at 4-0 in league play and 12-3 overall. Incline is 3-1 in league (10-2 overall), and Battle Mountain is 3-1 in league (11-1 overall).
Incline played Yerington tightly through one quarter, which ended with the Lions up 16-13. The second quarter was a different story, however. Yerington outscored Incline 29-9 to carry a 45-22 lead into the half.
The Highlanders cut into the lead with a 31-17 fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the large deficit.
Yerington sophomore Koby Foster led all scorers with 20 points as 10 different players scored for the Lions. The Highlanders and Lions meet again at Incline on Jan. 30.
After the disappointing outcome at Yerington, the Highlanders rebounded with a strong performance on their home court Saturday. They jumped out to a 24-10 first-quarter lead and stretched it to 49-21 by the half.
Senior guard Tommy Thompson led Incline with 19 points, while Joey Stranzl scored 15, Tanner Quenneville scored 12 and Bryan Golombik had 10. Senior forward Ben Snyder contributed to the victory with his best rebounding game of the season, said Incline assistant Mike Williams.
Robert Mejia led ROP with a 17-point effort.
Incline played both games without head coach Tim Kelly, who was with his wife as she gave birth to a baby girl Saturday morning.
The Highlanders are scheduled to host Pershing County on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Incline then travels to Silver Stage for another league game on Saturday and plays at Division I Hug on Monday and at North Tahoe next Friday, Jan. 16.
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