Incline basketball | Porter scores 36, boys 98 in win over Yerington
Northern Division III boys standings
West Wendover 14-1
White Pine 8-7
Battle Mountain 8-7
Pershing County 7-8
North Tahoe 6-9
Silver Stage 2-12
Yerington did not have an answer for Orin Porter and the Highlanders on Saturday.
A month after Yerington upset visiting Incline, 56-48, Porter dropped 27 first-half points en route to a career-high 36 as the Highlanders rolled to a 98-69 payback win. They scored more than 20 points in each quarter and led 54-30 at the half.
Incline’s previous high score was 80 points, against Battle Mountain four days earlier. The Highlanders then scored 78 points in a 78-54 win at ROP on Tuesday.
With two regular-season games remaining in Northern Division III play, Incline, at 12-2, is guaranteed at least the No. 2 playoff seed.
“We played extremely well on Saturday,” said Incline coach Tim Kelly. “It is a very fitting way to end our home season, 9-0, and getting a chance to redeem our league loss to Yerington. Honestly, we could have scored about 112 points. Defensively we were all over the place.”
The Highlanders created 13 steals and blocked four shots while forcing the Lions into tough shots all game.
“Everything feeds off of our defense and we have been defending very well for a few weeks now,” Kelly said.
In addition to Porter’s 36 in his final home game, Jack Clouthier contributed 19 points, while Alex Zissis scored 12, Ben Snyder eight and Dylan Comstock seven. Seniors Christian Biscotti and Jason Guth scored six and two points, respectively.
Incline proved just how deep its roster is at ROP. They jumped out to a big early and maintained a high level of play with their reserves, as Jack Bessette scored 22 points and Tommy Thompson scored 17 off the bench. Porter had 11 points and Clouthier nine.
The Highlanders wrap up the regular season with league road games at North Tahoe (6-9) on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and at Silver Stage (2-12) on Saturday. The Northern Division III regional tournament will be contested at Battle Mountain next Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22. The state championship tournament is Feb. 28-March 1 in Reno.